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Alumni ion Officers ^^_ 

Kenneth Magill •55BS/B '69M.S/li 

Claire Collins '84MPA/H8cS 


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Peggy Adams '87BGS/NTS 

Past Presiikiil 

Cll ;l i r s of School A I u m n i Boards 

Edward Canada Jr. '81 BS/H&S '84MSW 

Schml of Social Work 

Beverly Glover '87BGS/NTS •92MS/H8<S 
Nomradilmuil Slii<lies Prograin 

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Stephanie Holt '74BS/E 

School of Education 

Boiirci of Directors 

Tt-nfj Expiiin^ '99 

Jack Amos '68BFA 

Frederick Facka'92MS/B 

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Linda Vines "82MSW/SW 

Term Expiritig '98 

Kathleen Barrett '71BS '73MS/B 

Sharon Br)ant '83MEd '9SPhD/E 

Donald Dodson '64BS/B 

Richard Leatherman '79BGS/NTS 'S2MU WPhD/E 

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Bruce Twynian '74BS/MC 

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VOL. 3, NO 2 
SPRING 1997 





art director 

Da\'c .McCxtrmadt 
campus currents 




director of abirmiaaivisies 

Sht^ Court Connections is 
a magaziiK for alumni and 
friends of the .\ca<kmic 
Campus of Virginia 
Uni\*ersit>' in RichnxKid, 
VCU is a public urban 
uni%Tersit>' viith an enrofl- 
ment of 2 1 ,000 students 
on the .Academic and 
Medical College of 
\lrginia Campuses. The 
magazine is pubtisfaed two 
or three times a >iear b\* 
VCL' .Ahimni .Acti>Tties. 

Cop>Ti^t e 1997 b>- 
Mxginia Commonweattfa 






I wanted to let you know how 
impressed I am with Shafer Court 
Connections. It is wonderful to 
finally have an alumni publication 
which arrives consistently. I only 
wish there were more issues. I also 
have to tell you how impressed I 
was with the insert. 
Sherry Deems '72BFA '93MFA/A 

Our VCU publications team — 
designer Holly Delano '88BFA, 

editor Marilyn Scott and associate 
vice president Cheryl Yeaman — 
gets the credit for the insert as well 
as other "Partners for Progress" 
pieces. (Seepage 9.) Ed. 

Thank you for my copy of the 
recent Shafer Court Connections, 
and for all your help. The letters 
from Barbara Beach and Brenda 
McBaisey were very comforting to 
us. It is overwhelming to realize 
how many people have thought 
so highly of "Mr. Bonds" for so 
many years. 

Bruce Koplin, chair of Art 
History, informed me that he has 
awarded the first Maurice Bonds 
Scholarship in Art History to a 
senior, David Vess, and that he 
hopes to award a similar scholar- 
ship each year. Wonderful! 

My husband was such a dis- 
tinguished alumnus of RPI that I 
sometimes forget that I, too, am 
an alumna — BS in Clinical and 
AppUed Psychology in 1955, plus 
two years of graduate work. I am 
therefore enclosing my check for 
$25.00 for an individual member- 
ship in the VCU Alumni 

Thank you for all you have 
done to help us through this very 
difficult time. Gratefully yours, 
Josephine Bonds '55BS/H&S 

David Vess is on a BA track in the 
Museum Studies curriculum. 
Koplin chose Vess not only for his 
3.79 GPA, but because "he best 
exemplifies the quest of scholarly 
excellence established by Maurice 
Bonds. " Ed. 

Really enjoy your alumni 
magazine. Is it possible to know 
about other alumni (like myself) 
who are hving abroad? Also, what 

ever happened to Phil Stinne, a 

great VCU player in the mid to 

late '80s? 


Gerald Bowman '82MSW 

Ed: Phil Stinne is still playing 
professionally in Europe. Fellow 
alumni can contact Gerald at 
Gerald Bowman LCSW, ACSW 
Strindberg Str 14 
S1241 Munich, ERG 
Tel. 0049-89-820-3498 
fax 0049-89-538-9241 
1 01546. JOS^compusen'e. com 

I just read the article about me in 
the Shafer Court Connections that 
you and Anita Navarro worked 
on together and I loved it! It was 
well written and articulated. 

The article came at a mile- 
stone time, exactly 25 years after 
graduation. It sure makes anyone 
contemplate life and success at 
this major milestone. The article 
brought many calls from old 
VCU friends. It was great to hear 
from them. 

Thank you again for doing 
such a lovely job. 
Charlotte Fischer 7 IBS/B 

I'm sending another Olympic 
story about one of VCU's current 
students — and my daughter — 
Megan Williams '99. Megan ran 
on Sunday lune 22, 1996 as a 
Community Hero through the 
United Way. She carried the torch 
from Spring Street to the Lee 
Bridge on Belvidere in Richmond. 
Christine Williams '78BS/B 

Never enough time in college to study all you wanted to know about? 
Hungn/ for more food for thought? These are not trick questions.The 
Commonwealth Society is VCU's answer, an institute for lifelong 
learning. Here's a chance to take college-level courses without 
"college-level stress" (no papers, exams, or grades). A $75 fee each 
semester allows you to take two courses. Try topics like Health for 
Women, Civil War Richmond, Jane Austin or Intro to the Web — to 
name just a few. Now that you have time, we can offer the world. 

"We look forward to making many new friends and sharing the 
continuing joys of intellectual discovery," says Dr. Eugene Irani. For 
more information call (804) 828-1831. 

•"Had we World enough, and Time,/This coyness. Lady, were no 
crime." Andrew Marvell 

Phi Kappa Phi is a national, interdisciplinar/ honor society established 
to encourage outstanding scholarship at the university level. Phi 
Kappa Phi chooses up to two alumni each year to join the member- 
ship. To qualify, alumni must meet high academic or professional 
standards and have graduated at least five years ago. 

This year's initiate from the VCU academic campus is John 
Purnell Jr. '64MSW/SW '78IVIPA/H8iS who has been a leader since 
graduation John has been executive director of the Friends of 
Association for Children since 1970 and serves on the boards of 
Cadmus Communications, Sheltering Arms Hospital and the Metro 
Richmond Coalition Against Drugs. He was president of Black 
Administrators in Child Welfare and a member of the Better Business 
Bureau, the Urban League of Greater Richmond, United Way and the 
Governor's Advisory Board on Child Abuse and Neglect. In 1968, the 
Virginia Chapter of the National Association of Social Workers named 
John Social Worker of the Year. Recently he received the associa- 
tion's Lifetime Achievement Award. He received the International 
Year of the Child's Child Advocate Award from the U.S. Department 
of Health, Education and Welfare in 1979 and the Citizen of the Year 
Award from the Alpha Beta Boule Chapter of Sigma Pi Phi fraternity in 

For more information about Phi Kappa Phi, contact Dr. Michael 
Sheridan (president) at (804) 828-0405/ or Dr. 
Robert Davis (executive director) at (804) 828-7462. 


The Anderson Gallen/ is writing its first histon/ and needs alumni help. 
If you have any old pictures, articles, brochures, documents, or "oral 
histon/" please contact Anderson Gallen/. For information about mem- 
bership, upcoming events, or to give historic help call (804) 828-1522. 
Also, check out the website at which 
features 100 notable alumni artists as well as schedules and other 





On February 22, the General Assembly concluded its business for the 1 997 short session. The House and Senate 
considered more than 3,000 bills and resolutions as well as nearly $1 .2 billion in proposed amendments to the 
Governor's budget. 

Senator Benny l.aiiiberl and Delegates Irank Hall, lean Cunningham, and I larvey 
Morgan provided a great deal of leadership on behalf of Virginia Commonwealth 
University's priorities. 1 am pleased to report to you on how wc fared during this session: 

The General Assembly considered a number ol issues affecting state employees, including 
proposals to implement a new lag pay system and ensure the long-term financial sta- 
bility of the stale's health plan. Key Advantage. In addition, the General Assembly 
proposed salary increases of 6 percent for faculty and 4 percent for administrators and 
staff to be effective December 1, 1997. 

The Senate Finance and House Appropriations Committees have given careful considera- 
tion to the financial burden of going to college. Although the budget committees did 
not provide a direct appropriation for student financial aid, they have proposed two 
mechanisms to ease the burden. First, caps on tuition increases for in-state students 
would continue for another year. Second, budgets for new academic programs have 
been fully funded from general fund sources to avoid raising tuition to pay for them. 

VCU's School of Pharmacy has received partial funding for the new Doctor of Pharmacy 
program. The Governor's budget included $100,000. The General Assembly provided 
an additional $350,000 for the program. 

The need for additional funding for undergraduate medical education continues to be a 

long-term priority for VCU. Last year, the General Assembly authorized $750,000 for undergraduate 
medical education for 1997-98. The House and Senate have asked the Council of Higher Education for 
Virginia and the Secretary of Education to recommend to the Governor and the General Assembly a 
funding methodology for undergraduate medical education, including the Generalist Initiative, by 
November 15, 1997. 

The Governor included $3.5 million in the budget for fire and safety improvements in West Hospital. The 
General Assembly approved $2.3 million in nongeneral funds for the renovation of the former lack 
Thompson building on Broad Street, near the west campus. 

Usually, the General Assembly does not undertake major capital projects in the second year of a biennium. 
Senior legislators have indicated that they hope to implement a comprehensive capital construction plan 
during the 1998 session. VCU will continue to keep capital projects for Sanger Hall, the Life Sciences 
Building, and the old State Librar)' before the legislature over the course of this year. 

The Virginia Biotechnology Research Park also has received favorable legislative support. Through the 

Economic Development Partnership, the Governor provided $100,000 for operating and marketing funds 
for the Research Park. The General Assembly provided an additional $50,000 during final negotiations. 
We are grateful for the assistance of Delegate Victor Thomas and Senator Walter Stosch in supporting 
additional funds for the Research Park. 

VCU has expressed an interest in funds from the Trigon stock settlement for medical research. The House and 
Senate have adopted a broad approach to the distribution of the funds and proposed the creation of the 
Commonwealth Health Research Board which would be charged with disbursing funds for various 
medical research projects. 

Considering the continuing multiple demands for public funds in the Commonwealth, we are pleased vntii 
the support we received from legislators this year for Virginia Commonwealth Universit)'. 

If you have any questions about our legislative agenda, please contact Mr. Donald C. J. Gehring, N'ice 
President for External Relations, at the President's House, 910 West Franklin Street, Richmond, Virginia 23284- 
2512. i also would be happy to hear from you. 

Pout'r lititl Li^Ut. 
"Partners m Progress met Oaober 
10 at Tredegar Ironworks at 
Richmond's riverside at a gala hck- 
offfor the campaign to take the uni- 
versity into the next century. After 
an elegant buffet and a snazzy 
multi- media show Hith lasers and 
music, campaign chair Dick 
Robertson '67BS/MC. made an 
electrifying announcement of his 
0U7I, pledging SI million to the 

Alumni power is leading 
schools, di\isio>:s and friends 
toward a goal ofSI25 million. 
.Already, S93 million has been com- 
mitted. Robertson's co-chairs are 
Bryant Baird Jr., Herbert Claiborne 
Jr. '50SID, William Goodwin Jr., 
.\llen King, and Mr. and Mrs. 
Charles G. Thalhimer. Vice chairs 
are Wyndham Blanton Jr. '50SID 
'59MS/M-BH. Rejena Carreras 
'70BFA 'SOMA. A. Robert Grey Jr 
'7JBS/B. French .Moore Jr. 
'60DDS. [In photo, l-rare 
President Gene Trani and his wife 
Lois, Robertson, and VCU Rector 
Stuart SiegeL ) 
















Digging In. Stiidciiis ai}il paraih ofllw Silwol o) higinccmig's foumitiig Clasi of 2000 look up ihc ihovcli (iinl the spot- 
light during groundbreaking on November 13, 1997. "I envy you," Robert Galvin, CEO of Motorola, told students, 
recalling his own excitement at being part of a process of discovery and invention that inchides scientists like Galileo, 
Tesla and Marconi. The first four-story building, at Belvidere and Main Streets, will open in fall 1 998. The Virginia 
Microelectronics Research and Education Center will open in early 1999. 


On January 28 and 29, VCU's 
Center for Public Policy spon- 
sored the 1997 Wilder 
Symposium on "Race and Health 
Care as We Approach the 21st 
Century." The two-day forum 
focused on issues that block 
minorities from adequate heahh 
care. "Hopefully, we're starting a 
dialogue," said former governor 

Keynote speaker Dr. Reed 
Tuckson, president of Drew 
University, cited 70,000 prema- 
ture deaths a year among minori- 
ties. Minorities have dangerously 
high levels of heart disease, 
cancer, chemical dependency, 
trauma from violence, HlV/AlDS, 
and infant mortalit)' — diseases of 
behavior and consequences of 
choice. "This is a hole in the heart 
of our nation," said Tuckson, 
emphasizing that the whole com- 

munity must focus on solving the 

Several panels analyzed causes 
and possible solutions for 
minority health care problems: 
*There will be opportunities for 
managed-care plans to partner 
with urban physicians, especially 
at urban teaching hospitals. 
'Providers can't leave heahh care 
to impersonal insurance and 
HMO systems like HMOs and 
insurance networks; a strong 
physician-patient relationship is 
essential for individualized care 
that works. 

'Racially diverse health care 
teams will give better care to 
raciaUy diverse patients. 
'Providers need to recognize that 
social factors like poverty, sub- 
standard living conditions and 
lack of health insurance are 
related to poor resfionse to health 
care by minorities. 



Five VCU graduate programs and 
a subspecialty made the top 25 
listed in U.S. News and World 
Report March 10. 
5 Sculpture (subdivision of 

Master of Fine Arts) 
7 Health Administration 
7 Physical Therapy 

18 Social Work 

19 Fine Arts (MFA in School of 
the Arts) 

19 Pharmacy 

VCU and the University of 
Virginia led the state, each with 
five programs in the top 25. The 
magazine surveys deans and top 
officials of accredited master's 
programs and asks them to rate 
schools in their discipline. VCU's 
quality shines in these high peer 
rankings in fields across both 


VCU researchers studying AIDS 
awareness have found that many 
people, especially among ethnic 
populations, are still largely unin- 
formed about the various ways in 
which the virus is transmitted. 
Earlier this year, scientists polled 
nearly 2,000 Virginians in 
random phone interviews. 

Many respondents of all eth- 
nicities thought transmission of 
the disease was likely in five dif- 
ferent circumstances — in all of 

which it is impossible or nearly 
impossible to contract AIDS. 
Hispanics and African Americans 
have the least information, 
although the disparity is much 
smaller when levels of income and 
education are accounted for. 
Minorities are more likely to 
endorse a strong government role 
in AIDS prevention and treat- 
ment, but more than 90 percent 
of all respondents agree that indi- 
viduals and families should take 
responsibihty for HIV prevention. 

J. David Kennamer, senior 
research associate at VCU's 
Survey Research Laboratory, was 
part of the research team for the 
study, presented in Vancouver at 
the XI Annual AIDS Conference 
in July, 1996. "Differences in 
knowledge and attitudes about 
HIV among racial and ethnic 
groups must be considered when 
you're designing prevention and 
education programs," he said. 


Dr. Stephanie L. Ferguson 

'87MS/Nisoneof ISWhite 
House Fellows for the 1996-97 
term. She is a special assistant to 
senior officials in the White 
House and Cabinet as they tackle 
specific policy assignments and 

President Clinton comments 
that the non- 
partisan program 
is designed to 
"invigorate the 
government with 
youthful energy 
and create a 
spirit of service 
among those 
who would 
become leaders of the future." 

Ferguson responds to the 
challenge. "I am striving to be one 
of the best health policy experts 
and analysts at both a national 
and international level. I expect to 
get skills essential to public 
service in the federal arena," she 


Where can pre-med undergradu- 
ates sample practice and get an 
idea of what medicine is really 
like? Fourth-year medical student 
Erika Cappelluti (right) came up 
with an answer — the 4-U 
Mentorship program. The 
program matches undergraduates 
with advanced medical students. 
Undergrads meet their mentors 


meet three times a week for two 
weeks, following them through 
clinical activity at MCV Hospitals 
and clinics. 

In the first year, enthusiasm is 
high Oil both sides. One hundred 
med students volunteered to be 
mentors, no surprise to Capelluti. 
As an undergraduate, "I needed 
something like this, and I think 
that's why a lot of people agreed 
to participate." Pre-med student 
Laura Layman got more experi- 
ence than she could as a hospital 
volunteer. "1 got to interact with 
patients and watch selected pro- 
cedures, which is a lot more than 
changing bed pans." 

Interested juniors, seniors and 
post-baccalaureates can call VCU 
Alumni Activities at (804) VCU- 
ALUM (828-2586) for details. 


VCU has partnered with IBM to 
create the first digital library in 
the Virginia university system. 
The new multimedia library, 
already begun, will integrate 
university archives as diverse as 
patient X-rays, musical recordings 
and educational publications, 
so that students and faculty 

can access the information 

The library will include audio 
and video clips, photographs and 
other media as well as traditional 
text. Two of the first applications 
will be on the MCV campus. In 
the Departtiient of Radiology, 
(acuity are working out how to 
use the library as a secure archive 
of medical images in a field 
moving rapidly to digital radiolo- 
gy. In the School of Pharmacy the 
library will be used to build and 
store comprehensive patient files. 
"With the digital library," says 
library director Barbara Ford, 
"VCU is reshaping the ways it 
does teaching, research — even 
patient care." The library is on- 
line at 


Plans are up and running for 
Richmond's $4.5 million track 
and soccer complex on Boulevard 
north of Broad Street. VCU, 
Virginia LInion University, the 
City of Richmond and Richmond 
Sports Backers have teamed up to 
build it. 

"Along with the Diamond and 
the Arthur Ashe Center nearby, 
this new complex will secure 
Richmond as a major destination 
for both amateur and professional 
sports, not to mention the 
tremendous economic impact it 
will have on the community," 
said VCU President Trani. 

More than 3,000 spectators 
will watch their favorite sports on 
a grass soccer field and an eight- 
lane synthetic surface track. 
Construction should be complete 
by Spring 1998 for the track and 
August 1998 for the soccer field. 

In Public. VCU I-rieruli of ihe Library ipomured a iymposium ihu: ^.•: . ..^ 
Public In Public An" on October 16, 1996. Local poupi from Randolph, 
Highland Park, Broadrock, and near West End neighborhoods worked with 
sculpture students to create temporary outdoor sculptures for the symposium 
and came to Ihe discussions. " We had a very positive response, " says sculpture 
chair joe Seipel. "People from the community like having art in their neigh- 
borhoods, and they appreciated having some interaaion on public art. " 


The public has been demanding 
better accountability from univer- 
sity professors, and a special 
public irritant is tenure, seen as a 
lifetime contract that protects 
incompetent teachers. 
Department chairs have always 
held yearly rexnews of faculty 
which affected their promotions 
and salaries. Tenured faculty 
could be fired for incompetence, 
but that was difficult to accom- 
plish. In a preemptive response to 
avoid having a new tenure poliq' 
thrust upon them, VCU faculty- 
took the initiative. After nearly 
two years of discussion, faculty 
developed a post-tenure review 
policy, a procedure with teeth to 
evaluate the teaching, senice and 
research of tenured faculr\', eftec- 
tivejuly 1, 1997. 

In the new process, professors 
whose performance is rated 
unsatisfactor)' in their annual 
review — according to criteria 
specific to each department — will 

Where's the fire? A three-alarm 
fire upset the Gary Street Recreation 
Complex en January 20. 
Contractors working on thcg}Tn's 
roof reported the fire at I2:}5pm. 
The fire started between the 
laundry room and the roof repairs. 
Luckily, there were no injuries, 
because VCU had closed to cele- 
brate Martin Luther King Day. 

.A renovated Car)' Street gytn 
reopened in March. 

have further review by a faculty 
panel. Professors will have two 
years to improve according to a 
plan worked out between the 
faculty member and the depart- 
ment chair. Tenure itself remains, 
and faculty feel this keeps a safe- 
guard for academic freedom — 
that no one will lose a job because 
of unfashionable ideas. 

In April, Dr. Stanley Strong, 
Faculty Senate president, and Dr. 
Robert Adler, chair of the 
faculty's promotion and tenure 
committee, wTote that the new 
poUcy "will give us a more 
vigorous and human response to 
poor professorial performance. It 
will answer the public's concerns 
in a real way." Of 1,479 full-time 
faculty on both campuses, 718 are 
tenured and 175 are eligible for 

Provost Grace Harris com- 
mented, "Post-tenure re^ie^^■ 
helps ensure that \'CU is dehver- 
ing the high quality of education 
we demand of ourselves and 
pledge to our students." 


With a 5 ;:.•,„... lesse Ball 
DuPont grant, MCA"s 
Commimit\' Xiusing 
Organization will be expanding 
support of the Communities in 
schools mentoring and \"CL""s 
mentor training in the One to 
One program. The Child Health 
Linkages Proiea will identify' 
health needs of medicalh" at-risk 
elementarv school students. 



SPRING loo- 








The Anderson Gallery will feature 
an exhibition that reflects on the 
British colony's return to China 
that will occur on July 1, 1997. 
"This change of government — 
which formalizes a 20th century 
trend marking the end of imperi- 
alism and signaling the new era of 
post-colonialism — provides an 
opportunity for considering the 
visual arts of this territory," said 
Robert Hobbs, Rhoda Thalhimer 
Chair in American Art. Hobbs 
vfill co-curate Hong Kong Now! 
with Chip Tom, liasion for the 
Seoul Museum of Contemporary 
Art in Korea. 

This exhibit will focus on the 
tensions and complex of ideas 
and allegiances that characterize 
hfe and cuhure in Hong Kong. 
Artists from Hong Kong will be 
on campus September 10 for a 
symposium with the VCU com- 
munity. The Anderson Gallery 
will publish a full-color catalogue 
to document the exhibition, 
which opens |une 27 and runs 
through October 5. Contact the 
gallery at 828-1522. 

"Too many have concentrated too 
much on enriching too few. The 
large numbers of working-class 
black Americans — like their coun- 
terparts in the larger society — 
have seen their plight ignored, 
their incomes shrink, and their 
jobs disappear. The right to decent 
work at decent pay remains as 
basic to human freedom as the 
right to vote." 

Julian Bond, former Georgia state 
senator, professor at UVA, and civil 
rights activist at VCU in January. 


"Anyone who thinks that African 
American Studies is only for 
African Americans is just not 
paying attention," says Dr. Ann 
Creighton-Zollar, director of 
VCU's African American Studies 
program. Interdisciplinary, inter- 
national, and inclusive, the 
program draws on faculty in 
political science, history, soci- 
ology, psychology, economics, 
theater, urban studies, English, 
dance and art history. As the 
program reaches its 25th year, 
faculty are developing a major in 
the field — a level of study that 
students of all races have been 
asking for. On track, AAS should 
join the majors in Spring 1998. 
Program faculty teach and 
study issues and experiences 
among people of African 
descent worldwide. Art historian 
Dr. Babatunde Lawal teaches 
courses about African art and 
culture in Africa, the Caribbean 
and the Americas. He has just 
published The Gelede Spectacle, a 
book on the use of colorful masks 
to promote social and spiritual 
well-being among the Yoruba of 
Africa. A new student exchange 
program with the University of 
West Indies in Barbados begins 

"1 like the idea of flying. I'm not 
talking about flying a plane. ..a 
conceptual idea of flight is beauti- 
ful. And so I did a lot with flying 
in the exhibit. And I want to 
encourage people to do that." 

Yoko Ono. conceptual artist 
exhibiting "FLY" at the Anderson 
Gallery in October. 

this summer. Historian Dr. 
Bernard Moitt comments, 
"Students will be living in a 
society where the majority is 
black. It is an enlightening experi- 
ence that will give them a differ- 
ent perspective." 

The program is a valuable 
community resource, says 
Creighton-ZoUar. AAS can help 
prepare teachers, social workers, 
health care providers and others 
who plan to work in urban neigh- 
borhoods. Faculty scholarship is 
also useful. Creighton-Zollar 
investigated the disparity between 
African American and Caucasian 
infant mortality rates in the U.S. 
"Learning more about the gap can 
help reduce it." 

Dr. Njeri Jackson, associate 
professor of political science, 
points out, "Faculty can provide 
guidance on issues that concern 
the public and private sectors. 
The program provides a forum to 
discuss important social issues 
like racism in health care and 
recent challenges to affirmative 

Alumni can support the 
program through Friends of 
African American Studies. "We 
want your participation and 
feedback to strengthen the 
program even more," says 
Creighton-Zollar. To join the 
group or for information, call 

"Customer — that is the first word 
in business. You must do what is 
honorably right for the customer. 
Strategy is a term that is frequent- 
ly misused — it means a timely and 
effective use of resources. You use 
strategy to offer a differentiation 
to your customer that your com- 
petitor can't." 

Robert Galvin, Charles G. 
Thalhimer Family Executive-ln- 
Residence, Chairman of Moto.''ola 
at VCU in November. 


Richmond movie buffs were in 
cinema heaven in early April, with 
two festivals sponsored by VCU 

The Department of Foreign 
Languages sponsored the fifth 
VCU French Film Festival April 
5-6. Six French directors and 
actors flew in to present 1 1 new 
films at Richmond's Byrd 
Theatre. Actor-director Patrick 
Braoude (NeufMois) brought 
Amour et Confusions. Director 
Jean-Pierre Ameris (above photo) 
presented Les Aveux de 
L'Innocent, which won four 
awards at Cannes. Jean-Louis 
Leutrat, president of the 
Universit)' of Paris and France's 
foremost film scholar, introduced 
Le Bel ete de 1914. Friends of the 
Festival met stars at a reception 


"A most important aspect of a 
culture is the religion. If you can 
find a continuity of the religious 
system of belief, you can say there 
is continuity of the civilizational 

Juan Nunez del Prado, Inka 
Scholar at VCU November through 
Spring 1997, 

and dinner at the Virginia 
Museum. Dr. Peter Kirkpatrick, 
assistant professor of French, has 
built the Richmond festival into 
an event of national interest, 
drawing major French critics, 
stars and directors as well as their 

The Department of Art 
History sponsored the fourth 
James River Festival of the 
Moving Image April 10-13. Films, 
lectures and workshops at VCU, 
University of Richmond, 1708 
Gallery, the Byrd Theatre and the 
Virginia Museum of Fine Arts 
covered the art and politics of 
independent filmmaking. Buffs 
and colleagues had a chance to 
meet John Columbus, director of 
the national Black Maria festival 
of independent films, and 
animator John Dilworth ( The 
Chicken from Outer Space) at a 
reception at the Anderson Gallery 
sponsored by the Virginia Film 


The MCV Hospitals Authority 
has formed an alliance with the 
not-for-profit Bons Secours 
Richmond Health System. This is 
crucial to MCVH because increas- 
ingly, insurance companies are 
limiting customers' medical care 
options. "What cannot happen at 
MCVH if it expects to continue to 
provide charit)' care — and it 
provides 35 percent of all the 
charity care in Virginia — is for it 

"Everyone — and that includes 
Congress — must be scientifically 
literate. We need to ensure that 
biomedical research not only 
survives, but thrives .... Bioethics 
must be just as sophisticated as 
medical science." 

Donna Shalala (with President 
Eugene Irani), U.S. Secretary of 
Health and Human Welfare, at the 
dedication of MCV's new Medical 
Sciences Building, September 10, 

to be isolated and have its paying 
patient business dry up," says 
President Eugene Trani. 

The alliance puts MCVH into 
a strong hospital network. 
Membership in Bons Secours will 
help in negotiating with insurance 
companies, planning new facili- 
ties and sharing serx'ices. 

"We hope to expand two of 
our patient care ser\'ices — home 
health and hospice — to MCVH in 
the coming months," says 
Christopher Carney, regional vice 
president of Bons Secours. With 
MCVH's focus on medical educa- 
tion, research, and specialized 
care and Bon Secours' emphasis 
on home health care and commu- 
nity programs, both Trani and 
Carney believe that the alliance is 
a good match. The agreement also 
gives the organizations preferen- 
tial status for developing joint 
ventures in Central Virginia. 


Theatre VCU will light up the 
stage with four ambitious produc- 
tions scheduled for the 1997-98 
season. This is also the premiere 
season chosen by new theatre 
chair, David Leong. The Three 
Musketeers, featuring 20 fight 
scenes — a specialt)- of Leong's — 

Theatre chair Daviti Lcoug (center) 
stages a fight. 

"It's time we pull together to 
'immunize' our children against 
the dangers of tobacco. It's lime to 
stop hiding behind a 'smoke 
screen' of denial and replant the 
tobacco fields with things that give 
life, not take it away." 

Joseph Zanga MO, chair of MCV 
Hospital's Department of General 
Pediatrics and Emergency Care, is 
vice president of the American 
Academy of Pediatncs. He will 
become the academy's president 
in the fall of 1997, 

runs October 8-18. Season head- 
liner is the 1995 Pulitzer Prize 
winner. Angels in America. This 
play, which looks at a loving rela- 
tionship in conflict with .^IDS, 
runs November 12-22. 1 Am a 
Man, set in the wake of Martin 
Luther King's assassination, runs 
February 11-21. Virtual realit)' 
takes the stage \vith A Clockwork 
Or(7»i'e, April 8-18. 

"Not only are these regional 
premieres, but these are pla)'s that 
will bring a touch of Broadway to 
Richmond with professional- 
caliber acting, directing and 
design," says Leong. 

A bonus nex-t season is a 
glimpse of backstage action. On 

October 1 1 , "Fighu, CartMTa, 
Action" vhow4 how fighu and 
»tunts arc staged. On April 
1 1 ."Video Tcchnolfjgy and 
Virtual Madness" shrnvs how 
stage "magic" is created. 

Theatre VCX''s new teaton 
subscription rate includes pro- 
ductions, baclcstage events, and 
invitations to opening night 
rcceplioas. Strawberry Street Cafe 
will also give a 20 percent 
discount to subscribers on perfor- 
mance night. Contact VCU Box 
Office at (804)828-602'! 


VCL s School ol tducaiion and 
its affiliated Virginia Institute for 
Developmental Disabilities have 
received a S2.78 million, five-year 
grant from Virginia's Office of 
Special Education and Student 
Services. The award supports a 
Training and Technical Assistance 
Center at VCU to sene 3,200 
special education teachers, para- 
professionals, general educaton 
and administrators in 26 school 
divisions in Central and 
Southside Virginia. 

"This is a huge push in the 
right direction for \'irginia 
Special Education," saw Dr. Jaye 
Harvey, assistant professor of 
education and co-direaor of the 
projea with education professor 
Dr. Howard Gamer. 


Dr. John E. Jones will be turning 
over the hekn of \'CL"s Health 
Sciences di\ision on July 1, 1997. 
As \ice president for health 
sciences, Jones has presided over 
restrurturing of MC\"s campus 
and Hospitals, in building satellite 
health centers for new patients in 
Stonv Point and Chester, lui in 



SPRING I 9 9 ■ 

Odyssey of the Mind. Balloonac)', 
nndwids, invented civilizations. 
Weird stuff goes on when you bring 
4,000 bright kids from grades K-12 
together. They were at the Student 
Commons and all around the 
campus for Odyssey of the Mind 
games on April 26. Balloonatics 
were trying to pop balloons with 
small cars they've made. "Can You 
Dig It?" gave other teams eight 
minutes to demonstrate four arti- 
facts in use in an "ancient civiliza- 
tion" — and then in part two have 
a modern archaeologist deduce 
what they are. 

developing and establishing the 
MCV Hospitals Authority, to be 
implemented by luly 1. 

Jones' move is part of a reor- 
ganization at the top for MCV. 
Dr. Hermes Kontos, dean of the 
School of Medicine, will take over 
lones' vice presidency in health 
sciences while remaining dean of 
medicine; the two offices will be 
combined. Jones will stay at VCU 
as special assistant to the presi- 
dent and to the vice president of 
heahh sciences. Dean since 1994, 
Kontos led implementation of the 
Generalist Initiative in his school 
and has had a major part in estab- 
lishing the MCVH Authority. 

On July 1, Dr. Jack Lanier, 
who has led the university's 
health care outreach to under- 
served communities and helped 
win grant funding for public 
health in Richmond, will become 
vice president for health sciences 
and director of public health 
programs. Lanier will continue to 
chair the Department of 
Preventive Medicine and 
Community Health. 


The secret is out. The VCU Men's 
Golf team was chronically under- 
rated — even after their first ever 
invitation to the NCAA regional 
last spring. But no more. They 
won six first-place finishes out of 
the eight tournaments they played 
since the fall season began. They 
finished fourth in the Ping 
Arizona IntercoOegiate in 
February, where they closed out 
four of the top 25 teams in the 
country, including national 
champion Arizona State. Sports 
lUustrated featured the team 
from "the Concrete School" in 
the "Golf and More" insert 
February 10. 

The magazine called senior 
lohn RoUins "the heart of the 
team," adding that he "may be the 
sleeper of the decade." Donny Lee 
of Florida, and Miguel Reyes of 
Uruguay are also key players 
under Coach Jack Bell. Freshman 
Reg Millage and junior Paul 
Scaletta fill out the team. "We are 
underestimated, and we like it 
that way," Rollins told Sports 
Illustrated. In early April he'd 
posted his third Top Ten finish at 
Augusta and held the 14th spot in 
national Rolex Collegiate 

rankings, second in scoring 
average at 71.14. 

Playing in the NCAA cham- 
pionships April 18-20 seems a 
realistic goal for this year's team, 
which has finished in the top 
seven in every tournament this 
spring and is ranked 21st 

In other sports, VCU contin- 
ues to give it their best shot. 
Men's Tennis, ranked 14th in the 
country and 22-2 in the season, is 
weU on their way to a memorable 
year. Men's Basketball finished 
their season 14-13, 9-7 and fourth 
in the CAA. Women's Basketball 
finished 13-15, 5-11, and reached 
the CAA semifinals. 

Rwoma iiKe to iignt up tne res 
■ partners supporting our unii 


Five years ago, Dick Robertson '67BS/MC, president of Warner Brothers Domestic Television Distribution, 
pulled an invitation to join the VCU Alumni Association out of his mail. With the $20 membership, Robertson 
began to reconnect with VCU. And now, he's chairing the university's "Partners for Progress" campaign. "VCU is 
a partner to whom many turn for answers — for career questions or community problems, and everything from 
life-enhancing to life-threatening situations," he says. He speaks from personal experience. Doctors at MCV 
Hospitals repaired his damaged left arm after a sledding accident as an undergraduate. 

As a VCUAA member, Robertson read alumni magazines and began to catch up with the university today. "I 
couldn't believe how much VCU has grown. I was so impressed, and I started to feel a lot of pride." He got 
involved with the School of Mass Communications, speaking at his school's commencement. He was named 1994 
Outstanding Alumnus of the College of Humanities and Sciences (the School of Mass Comm is part of H&S). 
This spring. Mass Comm will induct him into the Virginia Communications Hall of Fame. 

Once charged, Robertson's creative enthusiasm crackles. He and his wife, Marianne, developed and fund an 
internship at Warner Brothers to take mass comm students behind the screens. For David Gibbs '94BS/B that 
experience segued into a full time job with Warner. Working with students "fills me up in a way a paycheck never 
can," says Robertson. "It's what I call 'psyche income.'" With President Trani, the couple held a reception in Los 
Angeles last year for the 400 VCU alumni from the area. 

Professionally, Robertson is in prime time, criss-crossing the country to sell syndication rights to three of 
today's hottest shows: Friends, The Rosie O'Donnell Show, and ER. Warner Brothers offers 3,800 hours in active 
domestic television syndication over which Robertson presides. His greatest professional challenge is identifying 
and creating television shows that audiences want to see. 

How did he get there? His own bounce is formidable, but he insists, "Without such a tremendous education at 
VCU (then RPI), there's no question I wouldn't have had the head start that led me to this point in my career." 
Robertson found something special at RPI/VCU that meshed with his own energy. "Being in a city gives you a dif- 
ferent perspective," he says. "We were trained in a practical way for a real-life career." 

And that's why he agreed to chair the campaign. "If not now, when?" he says. "If not me, who?" Robertson 
would like to light up the rest of the VCU network. "I imdte all of our alumni and friends to join us as active 
partners supporting our university. " 


I ..I David lialdiicci '«3liA/H8(S, Ahiulutc I'owa 
led to Tuhil (Amtri)l, and bcttli thrillers arc on 
the bestseller lists. The movie, Absolute I'ower, 
produced by and starring (;lint Eastvi^ood, hit 
screens across the country in I-'ebruary. 

When lialdacci returned to campus as the 
library's (Cabell Lecturer on April 15, he updated 
lacully, students and iellovt' alumni, lokd (MiUrol 
will be a mini-series, produced by (Columbia Tri- 
Star, to air on CBS in spring or fall of 1998. His 
third book, The Winner, will come out in early 
1998 — "and it is not about an attorney." 


Talk show host Oprah Wuilrey has named The Rapture oj Canaan, the 
second novel by Sheri Reynolds '92MFA/H&S, as the latest selection for 
her televised book club. Rapture is about a young girl coming to terms 
with the evangelical, fundamentalist religion she's grown up in. Rapture 
and Reynolds' first novel, Bitterroot Landing, are both published by 

Reynolds has said that as a writer, "I feel more like a messenger than a 
creator — like I'm speaking for a spirit, and the message I've been given is 
the most important thing that spirit has to say." Oprah is definitely 
spreading the word. PidAisher's Weekly comments that Oprah's book 
group "has put literature in the limelight, and provoked unprecedented 
bestseller sales." Oprah's group will discuss Reynolds' novel in mid-May. 

Plaza del Sol. Breezy, sunny days 
are bringing ei'eryone outside to 
enjoy the new tables and trees 
installed last summer at the 
Commons Plaza. 


Holly Delano '88BFA, Fred Wayne '70BA/H&S, Diane Stout-Brown 
'80BSW, Cheryl Yeaman, and Peter Wyeth— all VCU staff— produced an 
Award of Excellence winner in the 1997 CASE District III competition's 
"Design for Print" category. (CASE is the professional organization for 
Development and PR for colleges and universities.) The winner was a 
special invitation to the "Partners for Progress" campaign's boffo kickoff. 
The triangular green box featured scenes of VCU on the outside. Inside, 
a white orchid with burgundy highlights matched the internal color 
scheme, with gold ink and seal the final touch. VCU's 3-D eye-opener 
was chosen from 98 entries. 

Even better was the attention it got from partygoers, who did come 
in numbers. Orchids to our team! 

Exactly what 

can $100 buy you? 



"The VCU Brick Campaign is a unique way for individuals to be a part of 
this wonderful facility," said Stuart Siegel — CEO of S&K Famous Brands, 
rector of the VCU Board of Visitors, and namesake for VCU's Siegel 
Center for events, recreation and athletics — now a work in progress. A 
series of "gift bricks" will define the arena plaza outside the center on the 
northwest corner of Broad and Harrison Streets. Construction and equip- 
ment costs are expected to be $29 million, with construction completed 

"This campaign gives ever\'one associated with VCU a chance to make 
a personal mark on the promising future of this universit)," said Richard 
Sander, director of athletics. Graduate students at VCU's new Ad Center 
in the School of Mass Communications have already made their mark bv 
designing campaign pubhcity. To participate, call the Department of 
Athletics at 828-8498 or 828-4000. 




Leave your mark Buy a bnck at the 

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Building Eastern Europe. 

Elizabeth Williams matches 
capital with businesses. 
Two Polish connections are 
Marbet, which produces and 
exports ceramic plumbing 
fixtures and insulation 
throughout Europe, and 
Drewex, which manufactures 
wood products and exports 
to the fiirniture industry in 
Sweden and Germany. 

There was a time, not too long ago, when Russia was a 
place we knew: the other Superpower, the 
Communist Threat; a country of spies and grim faces. 
Things have changed since the days of the Cold War, 
and as the world opens up, adventurous entrepre- 
neurs have dismissed the old stereotypes and attempt- 
ed new business relationships with our global neigh- 
bors. And it just so happens that some of them are 
VCU alumni. 

Elizabeth Williams '87MS/B is the 
president of Net Worth Solutions, a small 
organization that pairs investors with 
companies abroad who need capital. She 
started her business in 1992 after going 
to Russia with a delegation studying 
international financial reporting stan- 
dards there. After the month-long trip, 
she left her job as a corporate CFO and 
plunged into international business in 
Eastern Europe and Russia. 

"Venture capitalists are in the 
business of making money," Williams 
says. "And Eastern Europe offers a high 
potential for growth, which in turn offers 
a great opportunity for return." The big 
magnets there for capital these days, she 
says, are technology, power generation 
and biomedical companies. 

Williams has spent years traveling and 
visiting embassies, making contacts at 
seminars and briefings v«th bankers and 
government officials, and her reputation 
is strong among business folk through- 
out the region. She works by herself 
tapping a network of people in different 
sectors for financing and information. 

For all her finesse at cutting deals, Williams still 
says doing business in Eastern Europe is trickier than 
here in the States. Political upheavals can arise in a 
flash, turning agreements sour overnight. "I have to 
keep up with everything that happens politically in 
the countries I'm working in, and track the economic 
effects," she says. "Even if it never hits the papers, I 
need to know about it." She foUows Washington 
think tanks and does a tremendous amount of 
reading. New legislation and changing regulations 
always threaten to toss a monkey wrench into her 
carefully laid plans. So her governmental relationships 
are very important. 

Williams likes risk, which keeps her going back to 
that part of the world, and more recently expanding 
to Latin America. "There are tremendous opportuni- 
ties for U.S. companies in these developing coun- 
tries," she says. "The reality is that there is risk 
involved. "It's my job to structure projects so that 
everyone's risk is minimized." 

So how does one go from having a MS in business 
to shmoozing vfith Polish government officials? "A lot 
of luck, a lot of guts, and being half crazy," she says. 
Her tone of voice suggests she's only half kidding. 

Julie Blanton '91BS/B is another alumna making a 
go of business in that part of the world. As vice presi- 
dent of International Visions in Baltimore, she works 
vrtth her partner to secure trade deals v«th the Polish 
government. It helps that her partner is Polish. 

Blanton and Irene Borovncz met as executives at a 
DC area advertising agency — which soon went 
bankrupt. "As we saw the end coming," she says, "we 
decided we could do many of the things our agency 
was doing on our own." 

Their original plan was to export marketing 
know-how to overseas businesses, but they rapidly 




veered into joint 
ventures and 
Borowicz does 
most of the travel- 
ing. Sfie not only 
speaks Polish, but 
she also went to 
school with many 
ofthe people now 
in power in gov- 
ernment and 
business. (That's 
how a Polish 
senator happened 
to attend Julie's 

Embarked on adventure. It's not always clear sailing as wedding last 

Julie Bhmton (right) and her partner Irene Borowicz Tune ) For now 

introduce the middle class home — and mortgage — to „, 
Poland. But prospects look bright from Baltimore's World ' 

Trade Building ^ Maryland 

handling the books and English correspondence. 

In April 1996, they had their first big break since 
starting the business in January 1992, a major projert 
in housing upgrades. "Housing in Poland sometimes 
resembles third world status," Blanton says. "No 
screens in the windows, no air conditioning in 
oudying areas." The average Pole earns only about 
four to eight thousand dollars a year, she points out. 
The partners saw an opportunity to help and to make 
a few dollars at the same time. 

"It took a year to get an agreement on die specs," 
Blanton says of one ofthe many bumps in their rock\' 
road toward success. Bankrupt builders, Polish con- 
struction codes (don't laugh — they're stiff), and 
Solidarity all slowed the process. Then came the issue 
of financing, which they eventually set up through a 

Polish bank. "Financing is a new word in Poland," she 
says. "Not too many people live on credit there." In 
the meantime, two elections have come and gone, 
along with some ofthe government "Each time has 
been a setback," she says. "We've had to de\'elop new 
relationships, get new letters of intent." 

By December 1996, two model homes had been 
shipped by a Chicago builder, and Borowicz was 
holding Open House and explaining mortgages to 
Polish couples. If the idea sells, the>''ll connect with a 
Polish partner to transfer the technology and build 
there. Their ultimate \ision is building "a community 
of 400 affordable homes each year." 

But Blanton hasn't given up her day job — at a 
communications firm — yet. "The business will only 
support one of us," she says. At night she works on 
Visions accounts and on an MBA in international 
business at the Uni\'ersin' of Baltimore. "Once I make 
my million," she jokes, "I'U gi\e \'CU, the uni\ersin- 
that helped me, a 
whole roomfial of 

'88BS/B and his 
wife, Petra Beckh 
'88BS/B, met at 
\'CU as under- 
grads. They left 
for Germany 
after graduation 
and both went 
to work for 

Mty S -hi Tttprpr ■^" ^'"^'"^^^ -^'''' •■■•''C- Edward and Pctra Barricntcis 

, enjoyed their working partitcrship. After graJuiition they 

GMBH and Co. »'orkedfi>r her family's business. Max S^iiLmcrcr. 

KG, a company GMBH and Co. KG. expanding it to Eastern Europe 


S P R I S G 

that makes the belts which give cigarettes their filters 
and cigars their round shape. The company was 
founded by Petra's grandfather more than 50 
years ago. 

During their time there, they helped take the 
business in many directions, especially into Eastern 
Europe and Russia. "Eastern Europe has a very large 
tobacco industry," Edward notes, citing the surge in 
cigarette sales overseas. Countries like Poland, the 
Czech and Slovak Republics, and Hungary all have 
their own factories, and Schlatterer and Co. is a 
crucial cog in their machinery. With Schlatterer's 
belts, manufacturers roll smokes off the line at a rate 
of 16,000 per minute. 

While the couple lived in Germany, business grew 
rapidly, but not without a few trials. "It's very difficult 
to sell anyone directly in Eastern Europe," Barrientos 
says, "simply because you don't know if they can 
afford to pay you." Letters of credit are a big part of 
ensuring payment, but they can be expensive to set 
up. Political, ethical and language differences are also 
hurdles for new business relationships. 

The other side of the mountain. He's back to The Homestead and Virginia, but 
Charlie Ayers won't forget the different views he sampled during a year and a half 
selling yearbooks to American and international schools in Europe. 

So companies rarely send their own sales people 
into a country, opting instead to hire agents sophisti- 
cated enough to deal with foreign companies in their 
home territories. The agent sets up and maintains 
business contacts in each county, weeds out bad 
business partners, and greases the path to success. The 
agent-client relationship can be risky. "You have to be 
able to believe what your agents say, and trust them to 
make decisions for you," Barrientos says. 

In trading between countries, high tariffs breed 
corruption. DeaHng through an agent gives firms 
some distance from the shady side of the deal. 
"Anywhere there is money to be made," Barrientos 
says, "the Mafya is there. One way or another, corrup- 
tion will creep in when selling in these countries. It's 

become so ingrained in the culture that you can't 
avoid it." 

Political instability hurts companies Uke his on the 
foreign exchange ft-ont. Currencies can take a hit if it 
is perceived that the country is in trouble politically or 
financially. "When this happens, and currency is 
devalued, the products you sell could suddenly 
become ten times as expensive overnight," Barrientos 
says. "If it was difficult before to get the order, you can 
imagine what that does." 

Schlatterer, GMBH and Co. finds itself in the rare 
position of having single-handedly saturated the 
market, with their share at about 85 percent, world 
wide. Edward and Petra returned to the U.S., near 
D.C. Their venture capital company, Zeitgeist 
Holdings L.L.C., offers seed money and marketing 
experience to high tech businesses internationally. 

Fresh out of college, Charlie Ayers '89BS/B got a 
job with Taylor Publishing, selling school yearbooks 
to American and international schools overseas. Ayers 
promptly packed up and for the next 16 months 
covered territory fi-om Belgium to Austria. "One day 
I graduated and the next thing I knew I was moving 
into Holland," he says. 

"The real opportunity, I found, was the chance to 
immerse myself into several cultures and to find out 
more about the ways different people of the world 
view things. My friends in Holland, for example, were 
less hectic and more tolerant than in the States." The 
perspective could shift very fast. "I could drive fi"om 
Paris to Holland in the time it takes me to drive from 
Richmond to Roanoke." 

Ayers went to Prague in 1991 before it became the 
hip capital of the world. "A lot of people at the time 
asked me why I was going there. It turned out to be a 
fabulous city, and it was a real experience traveling 
through a former communist country, seeing some of 
the effects communism had on the place." Produce in 
the markets was in terminal wilt, but "somehow our 
hotel and restaurants had fresh greens." The buildings 
were beautiful, he says, "but there was a gray film over 
everything, from the coal heat." 

European border-hopping was complicated by 
variations in currency and language. Ayers (who 
studied Chinese at VCU) quickly learned to speak 
Dutch and was nearly fluent by the time he returned 
to the U.S. Even so, the odd ex-perience always turned 
up to humble him. 

On his first visit to Prague, Ayers spent half the 
night just trying to find something to eat. He and his 
fiancee, Beth Williamson '91MS/E (now his wife), 
had just entered the Czech Republic from Germany. 
They had skipped lunch and planned to eat in Prague. 
But once they had settled into their hotel and headed 
out for dinner, they found all the restaurants com- 
pletely full. They tried all of them and wandered over 
the famed Charles Bridge, where they came upon a 



To market. Midmcl Berdichcvsky's thriving import- 
export I'usincss brings matrioshka dolls and other 
Russian handcraj'ts to the United States. A VCU 
internship gave him the experience to make his own 
1S0° rcvoUition from a state-controlled economy where 
the provider was tsar to a consumer market. 

small icecream 
shop tiiat cioublcd 
as a beer joint — 
"l^olar snow" on 
ice, "Buclwar" on 
lap. "So there we 
were," he says, 
bemused, "eating 
ice cream and 
drinking beer 
looking out over 
Charles Bridge." 
And literally won- 
dering where their 
next meal was 
coming from. 

Ayers is now 
back in the U.S. as 
a manufacturer's 
rep for an elec- 
tronics firm, but he holds his European days in sacred 
memory. "Working there was a great way to get 
across the pond," he says, his voice thick with 

Michael Berdichevsky '93Cert/B studied for nine 
months as an intern with VGU's School of Business 
under the guidance of Sergei Beliaev, director of the 
Institute for Russian and American Programs. From 
1992-94, several graduate interns each year took 
business classes and worked at a U.S. corporation to 
learn how American businesses are run. Businesses 
ranged from the Federal Reserve to Arby's restaurant. 
VCU's School of Business and the Russian American 
Exchange Foundation set up the program. Still 
partners, now they are working on proposals in 
finance and banking. 

Berdichevsky came in 1992 and worked at Blue 
Cross/Blue Shield while he took classes in manage- 
ment, finance and marketing. At Blue Cross, "I saw 
the latest in computer business technology. And it 
was a great experience to get a really good inside feel 
for American business," says Berdichevsky. "The most 
impressive thing I learned at VCU," he adds, "is the 
importance of customer relations and satisfying 
customer demands in a market economy. Four years 
ago in Russia, the provider was king. He dictated 
prices. There was no incentive for value or better 
prices," he explains. "The hardest thing to change is 
this business mentality." 

Berdichevsky has built a solid business importing 
Russian gifts and collectibles for wholesale distribu- 
tion in the U.S. He confers on the Internet with his 
brother Ilya, who stayed in Russia and does the pur- 
chasing from craftspeople in St. Petersburg and 
Moscow. Their inventor)' of matPi'oshka dolls and 
handcrafted jeweby is sold across the U.S. at trade 
shows. Berdichevsky, who speaks English fluently. 

plans to stay here. He says his communication skills — 
thanks to VCV, he also speaks American business — 
eased the path to setting up his own bu-siness and his 
considerable success in the last two years. 

With a degree in international marketing and a 
father already in the business at home, it was a natural 
for Indian Ankush Bahl '91 MBA to start his own car 
sales and automotive supply firm — but in Slovenia? 
VCU had something to do with that. Bahl met 
Slovenian Meta Adamic-Bahl '91 BFA, who is now 
his wife. Bahl returned to campas last summer and 
brought most of the business along, (Meta stayed at 
home with their two-year-old.) While they were here, 
Bahl and the five Slovenians made a Shafer Qjurt 
connection, and we learned more about business in 

In 1993, its first year, Globus Motors International 
was worth $2 million. By 1995, 50 dealers had fran- 
chises, and the company was worth S7 million. Their 
biggest seller is the Suzuki-Mariti, a car made in India 
by Suzuki. A 4-door, 36 HP model (smaller than a 
GEO) is good for city driving or as a second car and 
sells for $8,000. They also market the Tata, a 512,000 
pickup made by Mercedes-Bens:, and sales are begin- 
ning to take off for Hero-Pugh motorcycles. Ankush 
and Meta are partners in Globus Marine Inter- 
national, which deals in marketing and software for 
automotive sales and financing. 

That's an awfully strong start in a part of the 
fomier Yugoslavia. "Slovenia," Bahl explains, "is the 
rich uncle of Yugoslavia." (And it's neither Slovakia 
nor Slavonia.) It's the farthest west, bordering Italv. 
The economy is 
growing at 6 
percent a year; two 
million Slovenians 
each earn an 
average of $11, 000 
a year. The 
country exports 
textiles, electrical 
tions, cable and 
home appliances; 
Renault makes a 
car in Slovenia. "In 
the \'ear 2000, we 
will be part of the 
Community'." The 
transition has been 

smooth here Cross country: .\nhish and Slcta Adamie Bhai ma m 

,,_, ,. Richmond at \'CL' and established Qcbus Motors — and 

1 here IS nothmt! ,i ■ *- -i ■ «. . • i a ■ -n. ■ •.■ 

^ their jamily — iji Meta s home, Sttuwiuj. TTicir pi^^ff 

to fight about, seller is the Siiziiki-Mariti, a car made in India, Ankusk's 

home country; in' Suzuki 


SPRING 199: 

shrugs Bahl, comfortably assimilated. "We are all 

Bahl, with an MBA in international marketing, 
feels he learned die most at VCU about importing. 
Informally, he learned a lot from friends in VCU's 
international student organization. 

An intriguing bit of American business lore is the 
Meyers-Briggs personality analysis. Slovenians — 
pretty homogenous, they say — are ESTP, or analytical 
extroverts. "We are balanced, logical. We think every- 
thing through five 
times, " says 
Bojan, Globus's 
technical manager. 
" — or more," adds 
sales head Klemen 
Bertoncelj with a 
sly grin. "It's hard 
to go shopping." 
Polona, the firm's 
agrees. Simona, 
the financial 
manager, thinks 
it's not so clear 
cut. Andre], a 
comments, "This 
is only a general 
idea of a person." 
The group has advice for would-be entrepreneurs. 
For a start, "Do your MBAs here at VCU," says Bahl 
firmly. "When you go abroad, don't go with set 
ideas," they all say. "It's not good to just travel and 
see, like tourists, and have no contact with people." 
VCU's School of Business is discussing the possibility 
of internships in Slovenia with the Fast-Track MBA 

What differences do you see doing business here 
or there? Bahl looks up and says quietly, "In Europe, 
work is not the most important thing. Your family 
and leisure, your friends are more important." 

Barbara Peery '86MS '92PhD/B made her first 
trip to Russia in 1993 through VCU's Center for 
Small Business Development. She went to help 
develop a management curriculum at Lestgaft 
Institute near St. Petersburg, and she was hooked. 
"I just had to go back." 

Soon after she remrned, the mayor of Pyatigorsk 
in Southern Russia visited Richmond and asked the 
group to come to his town on their next trip. By fall 
1994, Peery was lecturing on entrepreneurship and 
small business management at the institute there. She 
began to gather ideas about what was needed in terms 
of financing and business management. 

Around the samovar. "I had a very keen interest in 
seeing what was going on in Russia and seeing first-hand 
what thepohtical changes would bring to the country," 
says Barbara Peery. "It's good for us to see once in a while 
how the rest of the world lives. " 

After a "learning year" of traveling and establishing 
contacts, Peery now spends most of her time in the 
Stavrapol region and has returned seven or eight 
times to live and work for several months. In 
Stavrapol she works with the director of regional 
parks and other businessmen, consulting on revital- 
ization plans. When she returns to the U.S., she is a 
professor of human resources administration at St. 
Leo College at Fort Lee and does research for state 
agencies. In September she will be teaching entrepre- 
neurship and small business management on a 
Fulbright, at the Kazakhstan Institute of Management 
and Economics in Alma Ata. 

How's business in Russia? "Very different," she 
says definitely. Ethics and value systems differ as well 
as legahties. "If someone wants to start a business 
within a reasonable amount of time, they have to pay 
several bribes in various levels of the government. 
They're an accepted part of the system." Contracts are 
much looser, with not so much in writing. Because 
there is no recourse through the courts for breach of 
contract, business people pass on the costs in the next 
level — sort of robbing Peytor because you've been 
robbed by Sergei. 

She has also seen how the system has made room 
for a home-grown Mafya. "I know they're there and 
they're there in a big way," she says wdth a sigh. Even 
administrations don't have control over the Mafya, 
and "often they're one and the same thing." Peery 
hastens to add that "the people I work with in admin- 
istration are as straight as they can be. They still have 
to pay off the Mafya." 

While the Mafya is less visible near Stavrapol than 
in Moscow, there is still plenty of black marketeering 
and some violence. At a night club Peery used to 
frequent, racketeers had a shoot-out one night. 
Luckily, she wasn't there. Though she doesn't get 
involved in that area of business, she is realistic about 
it. "I'm there to work," she says, "but you can't 
change the world. 

"You have to adapt to the way things are done in 
other places," she continues. "If you don't understand 
that, it can be totally frustrating. Once you adapt and 
become flexible, it makes all the difference in the 




Seasons in 


Ever been to Sibiu? 

This Romanian city of 50,000 — shadowed 

by the Carpathian Mountains and austerely 

laced with medieval fortress walls and forlorn 

battle towers — is only a few miles from Castle 

Dracula, too close, perhaps, for comfort. But 

a plucky VCU theater troupe featuring 

actresses Rhonda Keyser '93MFA and Dawn 

Westbrook '85BFA, and student playwright 

Adam Nbcon '97MFA trekked to Sibiu last 

spring. At the International Festival of Young 

Professional Theatre, they joined ensembles 

from France, Taiwan, Yugoslavia, Mexico, 

Italy, Spain, Pakistan and England. 
Seasoned professionals Keyser and 

Westbrook delivered sharp performances in 

Two Rooms and Zelda: JIk Last Flapper. Their 

international colleagues took to Aspirin for the 

Masses, Nixon's rambunctious satire on 

American society. 

The Virginia troupe. The Blue Ridgie Theatre Festival, is a 

VCU-community collaboration. Richmond actor-producer- 
director Bev Appleton is founder and artistic director of Blue 
Ridge; Kenneth Campbell, director and 
professor of theater at VCU, is co-artistic 
director with Appleton. They have 
reached East to create an international 
theater consortium with five festival pro- 
ducers in Eastern Europe — ACTIV 5. 
Two more VCU theater professors were 
fellow travelers. Janet Rodgers taught a 
workshop on "Violence and the Voice," 
and Maury Erickson performed in Two 

Rhonda Keyser ^^^^ 

In Two Rooms by Lee Blessing, Keyser played Lanie, the wife 
of an American who is kidnapped in Beirut. Lanie believes the 
government is doing nothing to get him back, so she takes their 
story to the press. She also sets up a room in the U.S. that 
mirrors her husband's confinement as she can only imagine it. 
Keyser's performance expressed both Lanie's desperate 
personal anxiety and her taut cool in public action. Opposite 
Keyser, Westbrook portrayed a trouble-shooting U.S. foreign 


service officer whose show of compassion 

veils a chilly pragmatism. 

"Rhf)nda Keyser is a really interesting, 
good, good actress," says Campbell. "She did 
remarkable work in that show. Courageous, 
daring, she was wonderfid." 

\\ estbrook held the stage alone in William 
Luce's Zelda: The Last Flapper. The one- 
woman show dramatizes Zelda Fitzgerald's 
last days, in a mental hospital in Ashe%'ille, 
North Carolina, and her memories from her 
earlier life. Zelda flashes back with satiric 
v\at — aimed keenly at her psychiatrist, her 
husband, and Ernest Heming\vay and other 
notables who dared cross her path. 

What was it like performing alone for two 
fuU hours? Said Westbrook, "I spray my hair 
gray, put liquid latex under my ev'es for 
wrinkles and go out on stage petrified. But 
then it turns thrilling, and I alwai.-s come off 

stage absolutely exhilarated. Zelda is stunning, wild, craz%', ver\- 

intelligent, very hurt." Though Zelda is entertainingly insane, 

her pain is ver\' real. 

In Romania, the audience responded with warm fascination 

to Zelda, and everyone had a theor)' about that 

"Zelda's expansive, rebellious decorum meshed with the 

Romanian st)ie of stage acting," said Erickson, "which is more 

high energ)', 

operatic, flamboy- 
ant than in the 
U.S." Rodgers 
adds, "Perhaps it 
has to do with the 
enormous theaters 
built under com- 
munism to reach 
large audiences in 
large spaces and 
the kinds of plays 
which were per- 

Dtimi Westbrook as ZiLiu Fitz^cr 


SPRING 199: 

Westbrook claims, "Insanity speaks to the universal." But 

Campbell has the last word. "Zelda was the first honest-to-God 

Southern belle they'd seen!" 

Westbrook gives Campbell credit for the feat of learning 

Zelda's two hours of lines. "When Dr. Campbell directed me, 

he came up with the idea of breaking the show into 28 units 

and my movement on stage keying me into the next mono- 
logue. He mapped it all out for me." Janet Rodgers helped her 

tune the lilt in Zelda's Montgomery accent. 

Since 1994, Westbrook has performed Zelda at Richmond's 

Barksdale Theater, numerous colleges and universities, and the 

Waterfront Playhouse in Key West, four blocks from Ernest 

Hemingway's home. 
"Because Zelda and 
Hemingway did not get 
along, I nicknamed the Key 
West production 'Zelda's 

The bicentennial com- 
mission of Asheville has 
invited Westbrook to 
perform this fall. "Zelda 
died there in a fire at the 
hospital, along with seven 
others. She was 47." She's 
also hoping for a booking in 
Montgomery, Alabama, 
Zelda's home town, for the 
year2000— the 100th 
anniversary of her birth. 
CampbeU comments, 
"The beauty oi Zelda is that 

it vwE continue to grow with Dawn. The show is already superb, 

and as Westbrook revives it in the coming years, it wiU grow 

better and better and better." 

Faculty actor Maury Erickson was fascinated by the 

Romanians. He remembered a crowd of young Romanians 

waiting to enter a theater. "Everywhere 

there are burning cigarettes! Nowhere do 

I hear laughter. That's what's strange. In 

all this conversation, young voices, 

energy abounding, I can't hear the usual 

laughter that punctuates youthful 

American crowd sounds." 

Somber as well was the Romanian 

critique of Nixon's Aspirin for the Masses. 

Looking beyond the comedy, the 

Romanians dwelt on what they saw as 

the fractured world so many Americans 

inhabit. Family disintegration, unlimited 

mobility, and a free-for-all morality 

makes strangers of us all, responsible 

to no one but ourselves, not caring who 

we hurt. 

The Richmond cast o/ Aspirin. 

Nixon, a little 
dismayed, main- 
tains that Aspirin is 
not so bleak. "I 
don't think it is a 
bitter play," he 
argues. "It's an 
honest look at 
family life where 
there is aberrant 
behavior. It's not 
an indictment but 
more of an exas- 
perated sigh. 
These people are 
not wicked, but 

A revised 
Aspirin met 
Richmond masses 
in December at 
Theatre IV. The 
Blue Ridge 

Theatre Festival and Theatre Gym will take it to the Edinburgh 
Fringe Festival in August. Directed by Gretchen Weigel 
'95MFA, the production features VCU acting student Thomas 
Bateman and Greg DeLeonardis '97MFA, Therese Ducey 
'96BFA and Helen Panagoulias '94MFA. 

Sibiu catapulted Nixon over a sizable playwright's block. "I 
had been working on Aspirin for five years. Dr. CampbeU was 
my 'artistic godfather,'" says Nixon. When Campbell suggested 
he submit it to Sibiu, Nixon finally finished his manuscript. 
Fortified hy Aspirin's success, Nixon wrote his next play in three 
months, and is working on another for Sibiu this spring. 

Soon after Sibiu '96, Appleton asked Nixon to write a play 
about singer Muriel Smith for the Moral Rearmament 
Conference last August in Caux, Switzerland. Smith, a noted 

Adam Nixon with Rascal 



Blue Ridge Theatre 
Festival at the Blue 
Danube in Budapest. 

From left lo r/i;/ir; 
Adam Nixon, Rhonda 
Keyser, Kenneth 
Campbell, Dawn 
Westbrook, Maury 
Erickson, Ron Barnet, 
Bev Appleton and 
Cristina Dudau. 

African-American singer of the 1940s 
and '50s, was in the original cast of South 
Pacific and the first black woman to sing 
Carmen at London's Covent Garden. 
Then she joined Moral Rearmament, a 
group seeking to reinstill values in famUy, 
community and government. Smith 
traveled the world for the cause and 
eventually returned to Richmond in 
poverty. Nixon's play, / Wonder as I 
Wander, succeeded at Caux. 

"The show is set on the afternoon before the last concert, in 
Richmond," Nixon explains. During her warm-up, she sings 
'The World Walked into My Heart,' 'Dat's Love,' and many 
other wonderful songs." Nixon would Uke to see Wonder 
revived for Richmond audiences. 

His newest play, Vidor Black and White, appeared at Sibiu 
this spring. Based on the true story of a 1993 attempt to inte- 
grate public housing in all-white Vidor, Texas, the play depicts 
the resulting backlash, Ku Klux Klan dirty deeds, a murder and 
the murder trial. 

VCU's participation at Sibiu — besides giving actors Keyser 
and Westbrook international attention and Nixon an impor- 
tant break — brought other benefits. Last August, Sibiu organiz- 
er Constantin Chiriac visited VCU. He joined Erickson and 
Yvonne Graetzer to present an evening of Romanian and 
American poetry. In diplomatic cordiality, Chiriac read from 
Carl Sandberg, and Erickson and Graetzer from Romanian 
poets in translation. In September 1997, a Yugoslav acting 
troupe came to campus to present Tlte Legajd About the End 
of the World, a mystically haunting tour de force. 

Willow-tall, with white hair and beard, Campbell ii a fjatri- 
arch always on the move, promoting VCU's international 
theater connections with his 
colleagues in ACTIV 5 and 
others. "Currently I'm 
exploring exchange possibil- 
ities wath the new theater 
program at Sibiu University 
[which he helped establish] 
and with a Shakespeare 
studies program at 
DeMontford Universit)' in 
Leicester, England." VCU 
and the Blue Ridge Theatre 
Festival will travel to festi- 
vals in Chisinau, Moldova 
and Skopje, Macedonia this 
year, as well as to Sibiu's. 

A line from Romanian 
poet Lucian Blaga is an apt 
metaphor for these fruitful 
artistic exchanges: 

I foresee 

beautiful hands holding my head 

with its cargo of dreams 

From "Beautiful Hands. " 






SPRISG 1997 




It's true. Food is as basic, as mysterious, and as 
various as life itself. And VCU alumni are out there, 
wining and dining the world, on hot dogs and haute 
cuisine. At a gala inaugural, a gracious wedding, 
a Redskins game or a rowdy neighborhood diner, 
they deliver your dinner. If this be conspiracy, it's 
delicious. Make the most of it. 

Home eating. Dick 
Lcdford designs food 
service around the 
world for the Marines 
and Redskins fans. He 
and his wife, Dixie eat 
gumbo in New Orleans 
and flounder ui 
Seattle. "But there is 
nothing Uke a 
Chesapeake Bay 
oyster. " 

Maybe you 
sipped a cafe latte 
at the airport in 
Richmond or 
Cincinnati, or bit 
into a hot dog at 
Comisky Park. 
Was it hot? Was it 
fast? Thank 
Richard Allen 
Ledford '58BFA. 
His company, 

Industries, designs 
and builds com- 
mercial food 
service operations around the world. 
They've designed food service for 30 
sports facilities, several airports and 
numberless mall food courts. Creative 
Industries even joined the Marines and 
saw the world, designing base exchanges 
from Guatanamo Bay to Iwakuni, Japan. 
"I've been all over the place," Ledford 

Back at RPI, Ledford paid the rent by 
working at the "Slop Shop" while he 
studied commercial art and photojour- 
nalism, so perhaps he did train on 

campus for his profession. "It's stiU a 
great art school," he enthuses. Fellow 
alumni at Creative Industries are head 
designer Phil Holsinger '83BFA, 
designer Amy Parkhill '93BFA and 
Allen Rhodes '51BFA. 

Ledford founded Creative Industries 
m 1965 and started small, designing 
classic Richmond restaurants like Phil's 
Continental Lounge and the Celebrity 
Room. A series of designs for bowling 
alley concessions led to a strike in 1971, 
when the company got the contract to 
design a 240,000 square foot food service 
area and the overall food distribution 
plan for the New Orleans Superdome. 

"It's all about time and motion," 
Ledford says. Design for individual con- 
cessions is based on the menu the client 
chooses. "We're as concerned about the 
receiving dock as the place setting. It's 
about getting the food to the customer 
with the least effort and time." He 
mentions remote systems for beer and 
wine now that move it from storage 200 
feet away to the bar. 

"In sports arenas, you have only a 
moment to feed them. Baseball fans buy 
40 percent of their food and drinks 
before the game; then around the 


Pie Crust: 

Mix with fork; 

2 1/4 cup sifted all 

purpose flour, 

1 tsp salt, 

3/4 cup + 2 tbs 


5-6 tbs cold tap water. 

Roll out and pinch 
off piece of dough 
about the size of a 
silver dollar. Roll out 
thin and place filling on 
one half. Fold dough 
over to cover filling and 
crimp edges. 

Filling: Cook about half 
a package of dried 
apples. Sweeten to 
taste, add a dollop of 
butter and sprinkle 
with nutmeg and 

Close pastry, prick 
with a fork, and fry 
until golden brown. 

Quicker: Use canned 
biscuit dough instead 
of pie crust recipe. 

— Dick Ledford, from 
Ginny Rhodes 



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"Double cheeseburger, 
French fries, and diet 

— ^Tom Bishop Sr. 

"Grilled chicken 
deluxe. Dad usually 
eats the salads; did he 
tell you that?" 

— Tim Bishop 

"Chicken McNuggets 
and French fries." 

— Cameron Bishop, 
14, son and grandson 

"McChicken Sandwich 
and French fries." 

— Brock Robertson, 7, 

seventh inning they'll be hungry again. 
Basketball is fast-moving, so they won't 
stop for food — unless the game is boring. 
So 'portables' are very, very important. 
These are the stands selling ice cream, 
beer, pretzels or popcorn." The food 
service — and the food — also has to 
match the level of seating. The preferred 
seats will want an upscale menu and 
waitpeople to serve them. Sky boxes 
(there are 60 in Seattle) must have 
support kitchens for their specialty 
menus — elaborate party trays, gourmet 
entrees. At the new Comisky Park in 
Chicago, White Sox fans may eat at a 
900-seat stadium club, or at concessions 
like the Short Stop and Just Desserts. 

An airport also wants to maximize 
food profit. "People are coming in, going 
out — and half of 'em are sitting around 
looking at you all day, waiting for a flight. 
The strategy is to put the right conces- 
sion where the traveler will be — up near 
the gate, say. The new espresso bar near 
the main entrance at Richmond's airport 
is doing well." National chains in major 
airports maximize profit, but some 
places are using local operators and 
regional cuisine — Richmond's 
Commonwealth Gift Shop stocks 
Virginia products. 

As an eater himself, Ledford is, as they 
say, positioned well. His wife Dixie had 
her own restaurant for 18 years. "And, 
we travel and eat out a lot. I go to watch 
the rooms.We sample cajun food (and 
zydeco music) in the back streets of New 
Orleans, or eat seafood in Seattle. But 
there is nothing like a Chesapeake Bay 

Dave Thomas 
of Wendy's had 
better look to his 
burgers. Pharmacv- 
alumnus Tom 
Bishop '50BS/P 
has a real knack 
for personalizing 
service at his four 
McDonald's. He 
offers specials like 
the "Candlelight 
Dinner," with dis- 
counts on kids' 
food and a play 
space to give 
young families an 
inex-pensive bit of 
celebration. Like 
most owners, he's 
ready to do 
anything when he \isits a store — "I love 
cooking French fries." Unlike most 
owTiers, he's 71. "My sons thought I 
should retire a few years ago," he says, 
"but I didn't want to." He did hire good 
supenisors to handle the grit and grease 
of daily management. 

In 1970, Bishop invested in one 
McDonald's in Charlottes\Tlle. In the 
first \'ear, McDonald's did nvice the 
business of his pharmac\' in Ashland, 
\irginia. ".And that was in cash," he 
adds; "a lot of the drugstore sales \\-ere on 
credit." So he sold the pharmacy- and 
went into fiist food full time. "I've alwa%-s 
lo\ ed interacting \sith people," he says, 
"this gives me a chance to help cus- 
tomers the way I did in a small toN\Ti 
pharmacy. " 

McFamily. When the 
family business is a 
family business, the 
youngest generation 
get celebrity status 
iWrii their friends. 
Brodc (right) iisited 
his grandfather's 
McDonald's, Tom 
Bishop Sr. 'right). 
Hith his first grade 
doss. His cousin 
Cameroiu 14, {Up. 
iWrii his father. Tim 
Bishop ) says. 
"Eyerybcdy al^vys 
asks me to bring them 
McDonald's food. ~ 
Most frequent retjucsts 
are Big Macs and 
French fries. 


SPRING 199; 

Classy. Andy Hukher's 
YES began as a class 
project, and it's turned 
into a business with 
class, providing food 
service personnel for 
inaugural balls and 
a dinner of American 
cardinals en masse. 

In Bishop's opinion, "McDonald's is 
probably the best hamburger chain in 
the world — I know we have the best 
French fries. McDonald's was the first, 
and all the others followed that pattern. 
My philosophy of service is to treat 
people the way I would want to be 

It's a formula that works. In 1977, he 
left Charlottesville for Richmond. Now, 
he, his twin sons Tim and Tom, and his 
daughter Susan own and run 13 stores 
and feed half of metro Richmond. "The 
children are on their own," he says, "and 
they're doing well. My daughter Jeanette 
is a schoolteacher," he adds. "She's the 
only one who doesn't have ketchup 
running in her veins." 

Tim Bishop '76BS/P left pharmacy 
practice and joined his father and 
brother when they came to Richmond. 
He and his wife own and run three stores 
now. "The whole key to success in this 
business is quality of service," Tim says. 
"People expect food fast. Our ringups 
monitor the time between placing an 
order and getting it; we have contests for 
the fastest." 

Equally important is food safety. "My 
dad and I have a unique advantage with 
our pharmacy background. Other opera- 
tors have to learn the chemistry and 
science. I'm confident the food is safe in 
all McDonald's," he continues. "The 
company has clear safety standards in the 
franchise contract. We have a daily safety 
checklist, and the company makes safety 
checks — announced and unannounced. 
A big part of my job in the stores is con- 
stantly reinforcing and retraining 
employees to keep service fast and safe." 

Andy Hulcher '84BS/B of Your Event 
Service — Yes (formerly of Happy Hour) 
can provide catering and service staff on 
a scale as big as a presidential inaugura- 
tion — for both Bush and Clinton — or as 
intimate as a birthday picnic for two. The 
business started out as a class project. In 
writing and management classes at VCU, 
Hulcher began feasibility studies for the 
kind of temporary restaurant staffing 
company he'd been considering. "On 
July 1, 1984, right out of college, with 
$100, 1 formed Happy Hour." He sold 
stock to raise $30,000 more. "It took us 
about two years to develop credibility, 
because at the time we were the only one 


In 1986 several new hotels drove up 
Richmond's demand for food service 
personnel, and the business surged. Since 
then, his company has provided workers 
for the past three Virginia Governors' 
inaugurals as well as for the two 
Presidents. Hulcher can provide all food 
service positions, including bartenders, 
wait staff, and coat checks. "At George 
Bush's inauguration we had 325 people 
working — we checked 44,000 coats at 
four different locations." 

"Sometimes we subcontract the 
caterers, sometimes they subcontract us. 
We know the company to do a barbeque 
for 5,000 or a wedding rehearsal dinner 
for 50." One of their more interesting 
formal gigs was a dinner for American 
cardinals at Catholic University with 
B&B caterers of D.C. Richard Ledford 
would appreciate the logistics of serving 
Baked Alaska to 1500. (Hulcher has also 
used his logistical ability to play tourna- 
ment cribbage, and there's no doubt he's 
a serious player in his field. ) 

One of Happy Hour's bigger jobs — 
and darkest hour — was during the 
Atlanta Summer Olympics. In a month 
the company recruited and prepared 
3,000 people from six states to run event 
concessions. It was a massive D-Day style 
undertaking realized through computer 
technology and on-site coordination. "It 
would've worked," Hulcher says. "We 
had the people and the client was to get 
them there." 

Then a sub-contracting client default- 
ed. "The next week was absolutely 
intense. I got maybe 1 1 hours of sleep." 
Shutting off such an operation couldn't 
be immediate. Seven hundred people 
arrived in Atlanta. Some found work. 
"We stood by them and brought back as 
many as wanted to come," Hulcher 
explains. In the end, although no legal 
action was taken against the company, 
Happy Hour is considering bankruptcy 
because of the lengthy process of sorting 
it all out. "I should write a book," 
Hulcher says ruefully, "Tlie Olympic 
Trials: Capitalism At Its Worst." 

The business has provided many 
more happy hours than otherwise, for 
clients and owner alike. One of Hukher's 
favorites was a candlelight dinner for two 
in the midst of a crowd at an outdoor 


Put into 1 quart 
microwave dish: 8oz. 
sliced mushrooms, 1/4 
cup soft margarine or 
butter, 1 tbs garlic salt; 
cover and cook on high 
for 2 minutes. 

Add 1/4 cup grated 
Parmesan cheese and 
stir, coating mush- 
rooms with the buttery 

Cover and cool< on high 
for 2 minutes. 4 

— Andy Hulcher 



Come into the Garden. 

Inside or out, a Michael 
Morris party is a green 
garden, revealing its 
secrets room by room. 
Among the enchanted 
have been Peter Jennings 
and Gloria Vanderbilt. 


Sundried tomato, basil, 
and mozzarella tartletts 

Rosemary roasted baby 
lamb chops 

Virginia string beans 
with Jicama and okra 

Basmati rice pilaf with 
Crimmini mushrooms 

Mango and papaya 

— Michael Morris 

concert o( the Richmond Symphony. A 
husband with imagination was celebrat- 
ing the 21st anniversary of his wife's 21st 
birthday, (loliow that?) "We made an 
elegant dinner appear — including arti- 
choke sea salad and carrot cake with 
chocolate dri/./.le. We engaged the 
caterer, brought in the table and of 
course, champagne on ice. Ah, that was 

"Banquet Captain for Martha 
Stewart." It's a small item on Michael 
Morris's '76BS/B resume, but that's 
what gets the attention — never mind 
personal catering for Peter Jennings, 
Gloria Vanderbilt and Barbara Tober, 
former editor o( Bride's magazine. (Let 
alone an acting career that included 
touring in the title role in The Rocky 
Horror Picture Show, a "recurring under 
five" lines a week in One Life to Live, and 
a Coke commercial "vflth just me in it." 
Morris was a drama major until he 
realized business skills would keep food 
on the table.) 

"Martha is very precise — as I am. 
What did I learn from her? That one 
person has to have final authority — ulti- 
mately it's the client, and the planner." 
Martha's strengths, he says, are "atten- 
tion to detail and promotion. She's a very 
savvy businesswoman." 

Morris developed his own savvy in 1 7 
years of catering to the rich and famous 
in New York City, and he brought that 
style with him in 1992 when he became 
banquet captain for the five-diamond 
Hotel Jefferson and later general 
manager for the 2300 Club in 
Richmond's Church Hill. "There's a 
sense of urgency in this business," he 
emphazises. "In hotels and large restau- 
rants, it's too hectic — it becomes a 
factory. I like it more personal. I'm a 
control freak," he admits. "On a smaller 
scale, I can be thorough." 

In New York, he explains, "the food is 
very beautiful and labor intensive," and 
everything is passed on trays rather than 
set up on buffets. At the 2300 Club, the 
food is "old South, with a '90s twist." 
Traditional Southern foods must be 
included — "crab is a jumping off point," 
he says, "and you go from there." At 
Richmond weddings, the bride is given a 
basket sampler of the different foods to 
take with her. Morris adds personal 

touches like "a portrait of the bride over 
the fireplace, or grandmother's hcirkxjm 
goblets for the bride and grtx^m." 

Presentation is s<jmcthing else he 
shares with Martha Stewart, For any 
party, he says, "everything should lfX)k 
pretty. You should never sec table legs." 
He likes to ase food as part of the decora- 
tion — whole tomatoes, deep green 
broccoli bouquets. Morris will often 
begin by covering the table completely 
with leaves of kale. He may use fall leaves 
or spring dogwood and forsythia. "The 
table should look beautiful, bountifiil, 
dripping with food." And make that 
"tables." Another Morris tip is to spread 
out the food to draw guests to different 

Obviously, there's a large element of 
theater in Morris's parties and dinners — 
he even seems to enjoy performance 
tension. Even for a thorough planner, 
there are always last-minute things, a 
mid-party crisis. "People are coming, 
and you notice a tablecloth that's too 
long," he says, warming to the drama 
"You have to be able to take scotch tape 
and paper clips and make something 


'My favaite quick 
meal is a slice of ham 
or a pole chop with 
potatoes or rice and 
any vegetable, comple- 
chilled Virginia 

— BartHra Payum 

beautiful in two minutes. Presto, rosettes 
at the comers," he finishes with an efB- 
cient flourish. 

Who's bringing the wine? Barbara 
Payton '83BS/MC tells the world about 
Nirginia wines in the \\'ine Marketing 
Office of the \'irginia Department of 
Agriculture and Consumer Senices. At 
VCU, Barbara was in the print ioumal- 
ism track, but she soon realized her 

Among the Bacchantae. 

Promoting Virpnia 
wines is a dream job for 
a partfgn-cr like Barbara 
Payton, H-ho tells us, 
"You 'Bfind great 
Mrginia Riesling in 
grocery stores and wine 
shops in the state. ' 


SPRING 199: 

Joy of Cooking. The 

hours are brutal, the 
work intense, burns 
and cuts routine. 
So why is George 
Mahaffey smiling? 
"Whatever you do 
has a creative side, " 
he says. "Find that, 
and it's magical. " His 
new cookbook comes 
out in October, one of 
a series from Sunset 
Books on casual 
cuisine: Country Inn: 
The Best of Casual 
Country Cooking. 

natural bent as a promoter and switched 
to PR. "It helps to promote what you 
believe in," she says. "I've always enjoyed 
food and wine and entertaining, and it's 
by fortunate chance that I'm doing this 
now." Lots of alumni can testify that 
Payton throws some party. In six years 
on VCU's Alumni Activities staff she 
organized reimion weekends and 
regional gatherings of the VCU diaspora. 

Of course, she entertains at home as 
well, and she has enjoyed introducing 
Virginia wines to family and fiiends. "My 
most rewarding accomphshnient has 
been convincing the beer drinkers in my 
life that a good Virginia reisUng wiU taste 
much better with the meal I've cooked. 
My father, a lifelong beer drinker, is 
becoming a Virginia wine connoisseur." 

"Last year, we didn't have good 
weather for grapes," she explains, "with 
the winter freeze and spring frost. That's 
the thing with Virginia, you never know. 
But the grapes that survived are excellent. 
Vintners report that early barrel tastings 
indicate the 1996 vintage is delicious, 
however small the yield." 

Recentiy, the New York Times 
featured Virginia vsdnes in a travel section 
cover story. "We got calls the next week 
from England. Several of our wineries do 
well at major international competitions 
like the San Francisco Wine Fair and the 
Adanta Summit." 

Payton wants to encourage the 
wineries as a tourist destination. "They're 
usually in quite picturesque surround- 
ings, and you put four or five together 
and — ^voila', you have a vacation." 
Virginia presentiy has 49 wineries with 
close to 500 varieties of bottUngs and 
labels. Coming in 1997: the first ports 
produced since Prohibition. 

"Serve the Commonwealth," she 
urges, "grow grapes. Virginia needs more 

George Mahaffey '74 BA/H&S 
started out in math at VCU, and he's still 
solving problems. As executive chef at 
The Litde Nell — a disingenuous name 
for the world class restaurant and hotel 
in Aspen — he's creative and administra- 
tive manager of several rooms that seat 
140 very demanding diners. Mahaffey 
stays buoyant because, "Cooking is a 
form of entertainment for me and my 
guests," he says. "It's wonderfiil when 

people tell me how good it is." He shares 
credit and kudos with an excellent staff, 
emphasizing that "our success depends 
on their talent." 

Mahaffey didn't grow up cooking. A 
Richmonder, he majored in philosophy 
at VCU, played in a band called Don't Ax 
Me, and even started a graduate degree 
in mathematical logic at UVA. He 
stumbled into cooking when he took a 
job at the Country Club of Virginia 
(CCV) and fed his early projects to the 
band. He liked it so much he left 
graduate school to investigate this new 

"For me, that was graduate school. I 
learned all I could about all these differ- 
ent cooking processes you need to 
master — braising, sauteing, roasting, 
chopping. I studied the chemistry of 
foods." He learned at the CCV and later 
from masters like Heinz Hautie at the 
Hotel Hershey, where "I was 50 percent 
specializing in pastry and 50 percent spe- 
cializing in the kitchen. Heinz Hautie did 
it with flair, style and great expertise; I 
mean he could do it all." 

From a late start at 28, Mahaffey 
devoured knowledge of his art — and the 
results. He was executive chef to tided 
royalty and kings of business and 
industry at the famous Hotel Bel-Air in 
Los Angeles and published TJie Bel-Air 
Book of Southern California Food & 
Entertaining, in 1991. When he heard in 
1992 diat The Litde Nell was looking for 
a chef he moved vWth his wife Jamie and 
five children out of frantic L.A. to the 
simpler lifestyle of Aspen. With 
Mahaffey's tendency to climb every 
mountain, naturally the Rockies brought 
him to a new style of cooking — 
American alpine cuisine. He was nomi- 
nated for the James Beard Award for 
"Top Chef In The Southwest" in 1994 
and 1996. He has appeared on "Good 
Morning, America," and pleases critics 
in Bon Appetit and Esquire. 

And he's still learning. "I've always 
been intrigued by very good quality 
smoked salmon. Fish is usually flaky 
when cooked, but when this technique is 
done well, you can slice it very thin." So 
he studied and experimented with hot 
and cold smoking, vWth recipes from 
Scodand and Scandinavia, until he could 
make a quality smoked salmon that satis- 


1/2 cup each: ketchup, 

apple cider vinegar, 


2 1/2 tbs honey 

Itsp salt, 1/2 tbs 

cracked black pepper 

2/3 cup Canola oil 

Combine ketchup, cider 
vinegar, sugar and 
honey in a mixing 
bowl, whisk together 
over a flame to warm 
the mix so that the 
sugar dissolves, but 
don't get the mixture 
too hot. 

Add salt, pepper and 
oil, and whisk to 

— George Mahaffey II, 
from his mother 


Cook 3-4 medium 
beets in boiling water 
for 35-40 until tender; 
peel and cut into a 
large julienne, 1/4 by 
1 " — about 2 cups. 
Place in mixing bowl. 

Combine 1/2 cup red 
wine vinegar, 1 tsp 
sugar, 6 cracked black 
peppercorns, 1 bay 
leaf, 2 cloves in a small 
saucepan: bring to a 
boil and reduce by a 

Immediately strain this 
over the beets and add 
1 tbs peanut or soy oil, 
1 tbs onion, finely 
chopped, 1/4 tsp salt, 
and 1 pinch freshly 
ground pepper. 

Toss well and taste for 

— Jacques Haeringer, 
from The Chez Frangois 



Chez Jacques. At 

L'Auberge Chez 
Frcinfois, the restau- 
rant begun by ]acques 
Haeringer's father, 
traditional Alsatian 
cooking brings guests 
like Mick Jagger, Bob 
Dole. Helmut Kohl 
and Supreme Court 
justices. Haeringer 
also maintains his 
father's tradition for 
well-known diners: 
"Everyone is known, 
but nobody is noticed. " 

ficd him — and teach it to others. Next 
up, "I'd like to learn to make whiskey. 
Mayiie a smooth Southern bourbon," he 
adds tlioii};hirully. 

Jacques Haeringer '72BA/H&S 
majored in English at VCU. Now he's 
the chef of the four-star L'Auberge Chez 
Franc^ois in ( ireat I'alls, Virginia, outside 
D.C. "Well, it's the family business; and 
nobody except my father would hire 
me," he laughs. I laeringer's Imglish 
degree certainly helped him write The 
Chez Frati(ois Cookbook, and, more 
important, he met his late wife Evelyn 
Harrison Haeringer '72BA/H&S in 
Shakespeare class. "After graduating I 
became the world's oldest living appren- 
tice. I went to Paris and other places in 
France, where I learned an incredible 
amount about food." 

Haeringer's father opened the restau- 
rant at 818 Connecticut, a few blocks 
from the White House. Haeringer grew 
up in a cooking family, and with a 
specific heritage, from the Alsace region 
of France. "Alsace is at the border with 
Germany," he explains. "It's provincial 
cooking that emphasizes sauerkraut, 
turnips, many pates, foie gras, sausages 
and meat tortes. My grandmother's 
family ran a charcuterie, a shop specializ- 
ing in sausages and pork meats." 

This is hearty country cooking in an 
era when eating "light" is fashionable. 
"Our dishes are updated somewhat," 
Haeringer concedes. "If a customer asks, 
we leave out the salt or steam vegetables 
instead of sauteing." On the other hand, 
"We use sea salt or kosher salt that's 
pure. The problem with table salt is the 
additives put in it to make it pour." 

In fact the most striking thing about 
the way we eat now is that "food is over 
processed and skeletalized. Meat is laced 
with hormones and antibiotics. I lecture 
my cooking classes on the evils of white 
flour. There's nothing wrong with 
butter," he insists. "Margarine is not a 
pure food. It's hydrogenated fat, which 
clogs arteries — and vegetable oils are 
worse." Use extra virgin oUve oil or 
pressed oU instead, he says. 

"Use whole, fresh food," Haeringer 
tells home cooks. "We use lots of 
seasonal herbs and \'egetables, from our 
own garden and from other growers." 
Organic vegetables are available. There 

arc farmers who raise beef and lamb 
without antibiotics, ffaeringcr admits 
that it may cost three times as much — 
and that there is fraud, especially in 
"organically" raised meat. "It's hard," 
Haeringer says, "but people can do it if 
they want to." 

"Absolutely." Sarah Belk King 
•76BFA '79MA/A, agrees with 
Haeringer's description of "skeletalized," 
processed food. But the author of 
Around the Southern Table points to the 
range of quality foods we see on that 
table now, compared to the sixties, from 
tofu to papaya. "Organic food will get 
cheaper as more people it. And 
people are traveling more and tasting 
exotic food they want to try at home." 
The world comes to us in a much wider 
range of restaurants — not only French 
and Italian, but Tex-Mex, Indian, 
Vietnamese and Thai. Even in the 
grocery store, you can find mangos, 
kohlrabi, cUantro. King grew up in 
Richmond. She laughs, remembering "a 
time when you couldn't even buy a red 
pepper in this town." 

"I like to cook," King says. "But not 
all the time. I'd rather study about it." 
She studied in Paris at Ecole de Cuisine 
La Varenne; she catered and managed a 
cookware store in San Francisco. Still 
resdess, she went to New York and got 
an editorial assistant position at House & 
Garden. "There I was — I could speak 
four languages and I was sharpening 
pencils." But not for long. WTien she 
became assistant to the food editor, one 
thing axiomatically led to another. Fi\'e 
years as senior food editor at House 
Beautiful led to six )'ears as New York 
senior editor at Bon Appetit. 

Contemplating her organically grown 
career, which includes travel, wine, 
fitness and lifestyle writing as well. King 
obser\'es, "You can have all the degrees 
you want, but what you're meant to do 
you end up doing. I mean, I never had 
one journalism class in my life. " 

On the other hand, for a good cook 
or a good writer, "nothing's ever 
wasted." King's master's in art histor." 
has nudged her toward food histon.-. 
Around Tlie Southern Table., soon to be 
reprinted by Simon and Schuster, traces 
Southern eating trom 1607 to the 
present. She'll be lecturing in April on a 

Iryloju. 'JT'^amcally 
grown food is not just 
for hippies in sandals 
anymore, " says Sarah 
Belk King, editor at 
Bon Appetit. 'Good 
food will do good 
things for you.' 


Cut 4 slices of thick 
bacon (or 6 of regular 
bacofi)cross-wise into 
1/2" wide strips. Cook 
until crisp. Drain on 
paper towels. 

Pour off all but 2 tijs of 
pan drippings. Add 2 
tbsunsalted butter to 
skillet over medium 
heat Add 2 medium- 
large sweet potatoes 
peeled and julienned 
or grated; toss to coat 
Add 3 tbs dry white 
wine and 2 tbs water 
and toss to mix. Cover 
and simmer 5 to 8 
minutes, stirring two or 
three times, until just 

Sprinkle with pinch of 
cayenne pepper and 

— Sarah Belk King, 
Southern Table 


SPRING S 9 9 : 

On Bratwurst. Texas 
Wisconsin Border Cafe 
owners Joe Seipel, Jim 
Bradford, and Donna 
Van Winkle offer 
expert advice: "Outside 
of Germany, purchase 
only Wisconsin 
Bratwurst. Brats taste 
best with horseradish, 
mustard, onion and 
sliced pickle. Some 
people add ketchup. 
Never use mayonnaise, 
lettuce and tomato on 
a brat — that is the sign 
of a true Philistine. 
Serve with hot German 
potato salad and cold 
beer. " 

cruise from Capetown to Rio de Janeiro 
about African influences on Southern 
cooking. "The wealthy class wrote down 
those recipes from their black cooks. We 
owe African Americans a lot," says King, 
giving thanks for grits, ham, sweet 
potatoes, and spices from hot peppers to 
sesame seed. 

BCing married her college sweet- 
heart—Thomas King '76BS/B — and has 
come back to Richmond, now a con- 
tributing editor for Bon Appetit. She 
covers trade shows, organizes special 
and lectures on cooking and 

culinary history. 
"When I start 
getting nervous 
about not having 
enough work, the 
phone rings." 

As for dining, 
she thinks 
Richmond could 
use a few more 
casual, inexpensive 
places to eat. "I 
keep thinking that 
maybe I should 
run one, but I'd 
rather vsTite about 

One of those 
comfortable, inex- 
pensive places 
BCing might have 
in mind is Richmond's Texas- Wisconsin 
Border Cafe, founded by three VCU art 
faculty members and a theatre major in 
1982 — although its distinct decor and 
settled appearance give the impression 
that it's been there maybe since the mid- 
1950s. An original RFI School of the Arts 
sign hangs over the bar. 

When you're struck by a craving for 
chili and keilbasa, this is the place to go. 
Jim Bradford, associate professor of 
painting and printmaking, and Joe 
Seipel, chair of sculpture, are both from 
Wisconsin; Donna Van Winkle '72BFA 
and Lester Van Winkle, professor of 
sculpture, hail from Texas. Donna is now 
Assistant Commonwealth's Attorney for 

Seipel recalls, "When I got here in '74, 
there were a few gathering places — Joe's 
Inn, The Fan Grill, The Village. But aside 
from that, as the Blue Laws disappeared, 
there were places taking the plaster off 
the walls and putting up ferns. We'd 
think about the corner bars in Wisconsin 
and Texas, and we joked about it, 
doodling logos on napkins." 

The Dixie Inn, which Bradford 
describes as "a redneck bar that secre- 
taries were scared to walk past," became 
available. They took it, and kept its neon 
sign which still hangs inside. "We just 
thought we could do better," Bradford 
says. "We went in with very low expecta- 
tions. We didn't set it up to make 
money, just not to lose money. And it's 
become notable in its own right because 
we allowed it to grow its own character." 

The Border Cafe is still another way 
VCU continues to provide sustenance 
for the inner man. 



20 lbs coarse xxxxxx, 
12 xxxxxx diced well. 

1/2 gallon sliced xxxxx 
(drain juice): chop very 
fine, brown until 
medium rare. 

Add xxxx and xxx. 
Cook until xxxx are 

Add: 32 oz xxxxxxxx 
1 2 oz. xxxxxxxx, 
Gozxxx, Btbsxxxx, 
6 tbs coarse xxxx, 
1/2 cup ground xxxxxx, 
4 sticks xxxx, 

Saute mixture until 
aroma develops (fast). 

Add 2 #10 cans of 
xxxxxxxx, 1/2 gallon 
xxxxx. Stir constantly 
so it won't burn. 

— Texas-Wisconsin 
Border Cafe 



*Member of the Vi'.U Alumni 

1 930s 

lacquelin Warren 
'38MSW/SW is a practicing 
clinical social worker in the 
Virginia Beach area. 


Henry Boschen Jr. '50BS/E 

retired from hospice chaplaincy 
in lanuary 1996. Henry is the 
pastor of Kelford Baptist Church 
in Kelford, NC. On February 2, 
1996 Kelford Baptist Church 
burned completely, and is now in 
the process of rebuilding. 

Paul Kline '59MFA/A is a 
professor and chair of the Art 
Department at Bridgewater 
College, in Bridgewater, VA. Paul 
exhibited selected works in A 
Retrospective at the Kline 
Campus Caller)' this past fall. 

Barbara Harding Sant 
'57BFA recently sold a pen and 
ink drawing to Appalachian State 
University, Boone, NC. Barbara 
shows work at galleries in Nags 
Head, NC, and Norfolk, VA. She 
lives in Edenton, NC. 

Samuel Treger '58BS/B and 
his wife Rose Ann celebrated the 
birth of their grandchild Jordan 
Daniel Treger, born September 
23, 1996. Sam has relocated back 
to Williamsburg, VA after 32 
years in Westchester, NY. 

1 960s 

♦David Alexick '64BFA 
'66MFA/A is an associate profes- 
sor of art at Christopher Newport 
University in Newport News, VA. 

William Beville '65BSW is a 
charter member of the Prentice 
Hall College Sales Leadership 
Council. Bill lives in Richmond. 

Charlotte Bishop '65BS/E 
is a director)' clerk with GTE- 
Virginia. Charlotte and her 
husband Lawrence live in 
Mechanicsville, \'A. 

Loryn Brazier '62BA/A is the 
owner of Brazier Fine Arts, Inc. in 
Carytown in Richmond. 

Carlie Cameron Collier 
'65BFA •93MFA/A exhibited her 
nationally acclaimed photograph- 
ic project, "Muses: A Tribute to 
Mature Women Who Live 
Creative Lives," at Rappahannock 
Westminster - Canterbury, in 
May. Carlie has taught photogra- 
phy courses at VCU, the Hand 
Workshop, and J. Sargeant 
Reynolds Community College in 
Richmond, where she lives and 
has her studio. By Design. 

*Margaret Denman Rose 
'69MEd/E is a theological 
educator and extension mission- 
ary with Tecate Mission. She lives 
in Tecate, CA. 

John Edwards '68BS/MC, 
formerly editor and publisher of 
The Ti}nes, in Smithfleld, VA is 
president of the Virginia Press 

David Elmore '69BS/B is vice 
president of development for 
Radisson Hospitality Worldwide. 
David lives in Great Falls, VA. 

Robert Fedon '69BS/B 
married Liz Fleming on July 6, 
1996. Robert is a retired cost 
analyst from Bridgestone/Fire- 
.stone Fibers & Textiles Company 
in Hopewell, VA. The couple lives 
in Colonial Heights, \'A. 

Arnold Freeman '69BS/H&S 
married Ramona Carson on 
October 12, 1996. Arnold is a 
sales consultant for Sports 
Authority in Fredericksburg, \'A, 
where the couple lives. 

O. Rebecca Hawkins '63BS/B 
is president of Columbia State 
Communit)' College. Rebecca was 
formerly a marketing professor at 
VCU. She lives in Columbia, TN. 

Daniel Jones '66BS/B is now 
Powhatan County's economic 
development director. Dan is 
former chief economist of the 
Virginia Emplo)Tnent 
Commission. He has over 30 
years experience in X'irginia gov- 
ernment. Dan currently lives in 
Powhatan, \'A. 

John Keith Jr. '66BS/B is 
director of human resources tor L 

Crew. John currently lives in 
f-orcsl, VA. 

Elizabeth USueur '69BFA 
married Iheodore Aldhizcr 
'68MD on (Jctober 26, 1996, TTic 
couple lives in Richmond. 

•David Morris 'eSBS/E is 
executive director of the Friendly 
Center, Inc in Toledo, OH. He 
has worked at the center for 22 
years, David lives in Toledo, OH, 

has joined the Richmond office of 
Palmer & (^ay as vice president 
and business development 

Charles Patten '69BS/B was 
promoted to vice president of the 
Norfolk division of Thomas 
Rutherfoord, Inc. He lives in 
Virginia Beach, VA. 

Barbara Rowe-West '63BFA 
has retired from the Montgomery 
County (MD) school System, 
where she taught middle and high 
school art for 18 years. Barbara 
has artwork on display at the One 
Step Up Gallery in Bethesda, MD. 

Barbara Williams '69BS/B 
'82MEd/E is president of 
Instructional Design, Inc., a 
training and consulting firm 
based in Richmond, where 
Barbara lives. 

Marsden Williams '64BFA 
'66MFA/A is antiques assistant 
at Distinctive Consignment in 
Richmond. Marsden also had a 
show of new paintings in 1996, 
at Du lour restaurant, also in 

John Witt '67MFAyA and his 
wife Judy had their works 
featured at an exhibition and 
book signing in Ashland, VA. 

Doug Zirkle '62AS/H8cS has 
been named associate in The 
Glave Firm. Doug, an architect 
and construction administrator, 
recenti)' completed work on the 
new S45 million State Librar)' of 
Virginia in Richmond. 


married Madeline Wade on 
November 30, 1996. Watkins is 
the owner of Conner Insurance in 
Appomattox, \'A, where the 
couple lives. He is also a member 
of the \irginia General Assembly. 

Joseph Balac Jr. '79BS/B 
married Karen \'eazey on 
October 1, 1996. The couple lives 
in Gaithersburg. MD. 

Barbara "Polly" Beard 
'78MS/B is an assistant professor 
of administrative support tech- 

nology at Souihwk Virginia 
Community Ojllegt. Polly 
received a 1996 Faculty Showcase 
award from the Virginia 
Oimmunity OJlege AMociation. 
Polly lives in Kcysville, VA. 

Linda Omuh Blank 
'77BA/H&S IS director of com- 
munity and eainomic develop- 
ment for the City of Mount 
Ranier, MD. Linda lives in 
Alexandria, VA. 

Wade Broolu '70A.S/H&S 
owns Garden Crc-ck Woodworks. 
The company was hired to repro- 
duce mahogany columns for the 
Virginia State Senate, Wade lives 
in Mathews, \'A. 

B. David Canada *79MURP/ 
H&S was appointed city manager 
of Petersburg, VA in September. 
He had been the city's planning 
director since 1985. Bernard is 
also an adjuna instruaor in 
urban finance at VCU. He lives in 
Colonial Heights, VA. 

Larry Chavis '75BS/B, mayor 
of the city of Richmond, is also 
president of family owned Patco 
Trucking, Inc. Larry and his wife 
Edna Keys-Chas'is live in 

Tom Christmann '79BS/MC 
is sice president, direaor of com- 
munications of .Mid -America 
Designs. Tom lives in Effingham, 

Carl Clary '76BS/B is an 
unemplos'ment tax representative 
ssith the X'irginia Emplosment 
Commission, Carl was appointed 
to the Personnel .\d\isor\' Board 
for the Commonwealth of 
Virginia. He lives in Brodnax, \'.\. 

k. Wayne Collier 78.MEd;E 
has been named the new dean of 
students at Christ Church School 
in Richmond. \',\, where he lives. 

Catherine Cosey .Moffett 
'70BM/A e.\hibited works this 
past October at Borders Books 
and Music Pentagon Centre in 
.\rlington. \',\. Catherine lives in 
Manassas, \'.\. 

W. Rand Cook '79MBA 
is an attomev with .McCaul, 
.Martin. Evans & Cook. P.C. in 
.Mechanicssille, \'.\. Rand was 
appointed to the board of direc- 
tors for Southside Bank. 

James Crotty '71BS/H&S is a 
special agent with the Bureau of 
.\lcohoI, Tobacco and Firearms. 
He and his wife Mctoria '73BS/E 
hve in Saint Simons Island. G-\. 
Their three children are Megan, 
Kesin, and Blake. 



Sherry Deems '72BFA 
'93MFA/A is nominated for 
Who's Who 1997 for her work as 
an artist, teacher, volunteer, and 
advocate for the arts. She Hves in 

David Demo '79MS/H8fS was 
appointed chair of the Depart- 
ment of Human Development 
and Family Studies at The 
University of North Carolina at 

Vernon Drinkwater Jr. 
'75BS/E is a real estate agent 
with Ray Christensen Realty 
in Virginia Beach. Vernon is 
pursuing a degree in education 
at Old Dominion University. 
*Gregory Duncan '78MS 
'79PhD/H&S is a commander in 
the United States Naval Reserves. 
Gregory is a clinical neuropsy- 
chologist and clinical associate 
professor at East Carolina 
University School of Medicine. 
He lives in Greenville, NC. 

Phyllis Dyer '76BFA '82C/B 
was appointed chief information 
officer of Duke Clinical Research 
Institute. She and her husband 
John Weldon Dyer III '84BFA 
live in Wake Forest, NC. 

Joyce Elkin-Gropper '76BS/E 
is Eastern Region Business 
Manager for Supergen, Inc. — a 
pharmacuetical developer and 
manufacturer. Joyce lives in New 
Hempstead, NY. 

*Ronald Gallahan '78BS/1VIC 
is the owner of Gallahan 
Communications, in Arvada, CO, 
where he lives. 

Frank Greene Jr. '79BS/B is a 
nursing student at Southside 
Virginia Community College. He 
was featured in the Virginia 
Community College Association's 
1996 Student Showcase. He is also 
the vice president of Phi Theta 
Kappa- VA Region. Frank lives in 
Skipwith, VA. 

Gary Hale '73BS/H&S is 
manager of the Norton Virginia 
Employment Commission (VEC) 
office. Gary lives in Castlewood, 

*Gayle Hardy '77BFA is art 
director and computer animator 
at the ABC affiliate and the UPN 
affiliate in the Winston-Salem/ 
Greensboro, NC market. Gayle 
lives in Winston-Salem, NC. 

Evelynanne Heising Ford 
'74BS/E received an MEd from 
Lynchburg College in May 1996. 

Philip Kendall '74MS 
'77PhD/H&S is a psychology pro- 
fessor at Temple University in 

Philadelphia. On November 25, 
1996, he was honored as a "Great 
Teacher" by the University. The 
honor carries a cash award of $10, 
000. Philip has written several 
research articles and books 
including Clinknl Psychology: 
Scientific and Professional 
Dimensions. He is also the editor 
of the Journal of Consulting and 
Clinical Psychology. He lives in 
Ardmore, PA. 

Elizabeth Lankes '76BFA is 
associate art director for Security 
Management magazine, Elizabeth 
lives in Arlington, VA. 

Janet Lenz '76BS/H&S 
married Robert Reardon on 
November 26, 1995. lanet is asso- 
ciate director for career advising, 
counseling and programs at 
Florida State University. She and 
four other colleagues at FSU are 
the authors of a new career assess- 
ment inventory entitled Career 
Thoughts Inventory, published by 
Psychological Assessment 
Resources, Inc. 

■^Julie McLeod '79BS/E was 
promoted to manager of the 
American Express Business Travel 
Center in Richmond, lulie lives in 
Richmond and has worked for 
American express since 1979. 

Jody McWilliams Jr. '71MSW 
is the director of the William Byrd 
Community House in Richmond. 
On October 10, 1996, Jody was 
honored for 25 years of service at 
WBCH. He lives in Richmond. 

''G. Kenneth Morgan '79MEd 
is executive director for the North 
Carolina Association for Life 
Undenvriters. Ken won the 
"Service Above Self award from 
Rotary International. He lives in 
Chapel Hill, NC. 

Ronnie Pilson '72BS/B is 
president of Pilson Brothers 
Lumber Company, Inc in Stuart, 
VA. Ronnie was elected to the 
Board of Directors of The First 
Bank of Stuart. 

Dr. Nick Poulios '79MS/B 
is now in charge of infectious 
disease clinical trials, research 
and outcomes for Rouche Labs 
of Hoffman-La Rouche in Nutley, 
NJ. Nick lives in Towaco, NJ. 
He is the past president of 
Archimetrics, a medical consult- 
ing firm. 

Betsy Bittle Pullen '74BS/E 
is an adapted physical education 
consultant and instructor with 
Northwestern Regional Educa- 
tional Programs in Winchester, 

VA. Betsy is also an American Red 
Cross Service to Military Families 

Since graduating from VCU, 
she has worked in elementary and 
middle school physical education, 
and in veterinary medicine as an 
assistant. She has also owned and 
taught in a gymnastics center. 
Betsy is married and has one 
daughter. She lives in Winchester, 

David Pressner '71MS/B is 
the academic Dean at Florida 
Metropolitan University- Tampa 
College, in Tampa, FL, where he 

Leonard Reid '73BS/B, 
formerly professor of advertising 
at the University of Georgia, has 
been appointed to the university's 
newly created position of associ- 
ate professor of graduate studies 
at the Henry W. Grady College of 
Mass Communication. 

*Margaret Ruggiero '76MEd 
'87MSW has been named execu- 
tive director of the Grace House, 
a private non-profit child care 
center and social service outreach 
program in Richmond, where she 

■'Zebulon Saunders Jr. '76BS 
'87MS/H8;S is highway safety 
training coordinator for VCU, 
and lives in Richmond. 

*Glori Renter Savin '95MS/ 
AH(RS) is a rehabilitation coun- 
selor and outreach coordinator at 
the Center for Treatment and 
Recovery in Stafford, VA. Glori 
lives in Hartwood, VA. 

James Smith '77MSW was 
promoted to lieutenant colonel in 
the U.S. Army Resei-ve. He is a 
social work officer in the 1908th 
Medical Detachment in Topeka, 
KS. Jim lives in Manhattan, KS. 

Eleanor Sweetlad Ward 
'90BS/MC works in the media 
planning department at the 
Martin Agency. Eleanor lives in 

Charles Vess '74BFA had a 
show — "In Process: The Creative 
Mind of Charles Vess" — at 
Southwest Virginia Community 
College in August and September. 
George Vozikis '75MBA was 
named Davis D. Bovaird profes- 
sor of Entrepreneurial Studies 
and Private Enterprise at the 
University of Tulsa. George lives 
in Tulsa, OK. 

Karen Wherry '76BFA 
'93MBA is a research scientist 
with Philip Morris, USA. She lives 
in Mechanicsville, VA. 

Susan Woodie '78BSW was 

named Adult Care Residence 
Administrator of the Year by the 
Virginia Health Care Association. 
Susan is administrator of assisted 
living services at Richfield 
Retirement Community in Salem, 
VA. She lives in Troutville, VA. 

1 980s 

'88MA/H&S is an assistant pro- 
fessor of English at Illinois 
College. Jeff received a grant from 
the National Endowment for the 
Humanities. He lives in Chapin, 

William Anderson '83MS/B 
was elected managing director of 
Wheat First Butcher Singer, Inc. 
He also continues as head of cor- 
porate planning and analysis in 
the finance department, where he 
has worked for 24 years. William 
lives in Richmond and is active in 
Habitat for Humanity, United 
Way and YMCA. 

Terri Taillon Auman 
'80BS/H8(S and her husband Jeff 
are co-owners of the James River 
Wine Bistro, located in the fan 
district of Richmond. They live in 
Midlothian, VA. 

''Andras Bality '86BFA 
was the featured artist in 
"Borderlands," an exhibition 
at 1708 Gallery. Andras lives in 

Bevan Baker '88MHA/AH is 
director of administration for the 
Urban Resource Institute. Bevan 
lives in Brooklyn, NY. 

Paula Balducci '86BS 
'93MEd/E is engaged to Steven 
lannini. Paula works for Henrico 
County Public Schools. They plan 
a summer wedding. 

Petra and Edward Barrientos 
both '88BS/B returned to the U.S. 
two years ago to start a business, 
Zeitgeist Holdings, LLC — and a 
family. They live in Great Falls, 
VA near DC with their sons 
Samuel, two, and Jacob, one. 

Liam Behrens '89BS/AH is an 
assistant men's soccer coach at 
Guilford College. Liam has played 
for the Hershey Impact, the 
Philadelphia Kick and the 
Richmond Kickers. He lives in 
Greensboro, NC. 

Jose Belardo II '88BSW 
'90MSW is a senior public heahh 
analyst for the U.S. Public Health 
Service. Jose lives in Gaithersburg, 

Diana Benton '89BS/E 
married Timothy Carter in 



October 19%. Diana works for 
Benton Department (Company. 
The couple lives in Mcchanics- 

Virginia Ikrtholet '81 BS/MC 
has joined the Martin Agency as 
broadcast department business 

'Bruce Bossart '8IMHA/AH 
is project manager of the health 
care technology sector of Science 
Applications International 
Corporation. Hruce lives in 
O'Fallon, II.. 

' Monique Braxton '8 1 BS 
'84MS/MC anchors the morning 
Rush Hour Report for NEWS 
CHANNEL 8. Monique received 
an Emmy nomination for her 
work as an anchor. She received 
the 1996 D.C. Champion of SAFE 
KIDS Award for Outstanding 
Media Coverage on issues relating 
to prevention of unintentional 
childhood injury. Monique lives 
in Woodbridge, VA. 

'91MS/M-BH and Paris 
Auerbach Brinkley '87BS/H&S 
'91MD are working at the base 
hospital in Landstuhl, Germany, 
where they live with their four- 
year-old son, Shane. Paris is 
working in family practice after 
an eleven month deplo)Tnent at 
Lukavac, Bosnia and Slavonski 
Brod, Croatia, where she was the 
officer in charge of clinical opera- 
tions for the 123rd Moen Support 
Battalion. Carl has moved from 
officer in charge of clinical micro- 
biology to officer in charge of 
HIV immunology. Paris will pin 
on major rank this spring. 

Melanie Bruce '89BFA and 
Paul Wheeler are planning a May 
1997 wedding. Melanie works for 
McGuire, Woods, Battle and 

Kimberly CasteUe '88BS/MC 
married Russell Archer on 
September 28, 1996. Kimberly 
works for the Internal Revenue 
Service. The couple lives in 

Susan Clark '86MSW was 
presented with the President's 
Award for her statewide involve- 
ment in the Virginia League of 
Social Ser\'ice Executives. 

Mark Connelly '83BS/B is a 
loan officer with Inland Mortgage 
Corporation. He lives in 

Connie Dallas Davis 
'81BS/H8tS is a laboratory tech- 
nologist at Danville Regional 
Medical Center in Danville, VA. 

Dr. Rex Ellis 74BFA 


Ke.x Ellis was still in high school when he was struck 
by lightening — dramatically. Crowing up in 
Williamsburg, Virginia, he remembers "searching for 
that niche, that experience" to give him direction. 
When he got the lead in the high school play, "It was 
like a light bursting inside of me!" By that light he 
found his way to a theatre major in VCU's School of 
the Arts. 

Now director of the Center for Museum Studies 
at the Smithsonian Institute, Ellis' credits his experi- 
ence at VCU with giving him a solid base for personal 
and professional growth. 

"Acting was fun!" Ellis recalls, laughing. "It was 
easy, or at least i thought it was." A pivotal conversa- 
tion with Dr. Kenneth Campbell, professor of 
theatre, made him think again. Campbell had consid- 
ered giving him the coveted lead in Othello, but 
didn't. "Rex," he said, "you have the talent and the ability — but not the words, the command of the language." 
Ellis continues, "It was the best thing that could have happened to me. Dr. Campbell's words demanded of me, 
that 1 upgrade my definition of 'theater,' that I expand myself and my understanding of the world beyond the 
family and community I grew up in." 

He was in the right place to do that. "The diversity of my fellow students was amazing!" he remembers. "So 
many different racial and economic backgrounds. Rich, poor, Jewish, Vietnamese. My experiences there, the 
friendships I made, forced me to broaden my concept of the world, and my own place in it." He went on to earn 
his MFA from Wayne State University and an EdD at William and Mar\'. 

In the early '80s, when Ellis was teaching at Hampton University, Colonial Williamsburg was looking for 
African American actors to be a part of their reenactment of eighteenth-centur)' life. Two of Ellis's drama students 
performed as anonymous slaves, whom visitors would happen upon, "working in the fields." Ellis explains, "It 
was a visual slice of authentic slavery hfe and included an extemporaneous monologue, complete with period- 
based language and diction. However, this was not the educational tool I en\isioned. Or wanted." 

Researching on his own, Ellis discovered a lot about the .'African Americans who lived in Colonial 
Williamsburg, including the fact that many of them were freedmen — shoemakers, merchants. EUis proposed 
some changes, such as having the former "slave" monologues spoken "in twentieth-centun' voice — using clear, 
distinctive language to explain the total, historically correct African American e.xperience." His proposal was 
accepted. Ellis eventually became director of African American interpretation and presentations at Colonial 

A controversial reenactment of a slave auction two years ago at Williamsburg took place after he left. Pressed 
to comment, he says, "It was touchy at best. I think the media attention overshadowed the educational value. I 
would have liked to have seen a panel of historians, educators, representatives from the N.\.\CP and scholars, 
who could have discussed and responded to the auction, perhaps in a tele\ised forum." 

In his work at the Smithsonian, Ellis applies that same careful sense of histon- and a spirit of professionalism 
and enthusiasm. Through presentations, lectures, workshops and consultations, he interacts with museums all 
over the country, focusing on museum studies, public programming, diversit)' and education. 

For example, "We do outreach, training and support for people of color in museum work wiio are hitting the 
glass ceiling." The Smithsonian recentl\- hosted a group of Latinos, .African .\mericans and .Meidcan .Americans 
from places like California, PhoenLx and Texas. Minorities in senior museum management from across the 
countr)' coached them on strategies for success. "This is a chance for people who feel professionally isolated to 
meet colleagues and mentors who have gone through similar challenges and successhilly dealt with them.' 

Ellis has written articles for The Colonial Wiltiamshurg Journal., American \%ions and other publications. His 
most recent book. Beneath the Bhuing Sun, is due out in May. 

In the meantime, his own light is still blazing. .-V member of the National Stontelling .\ssociation, Ellis orntin- 
ues to perform and travel all over the worid, lecturing and teaching histon- through performance, sharing his love 
of education, fine arts and theater. "These things," he sa\'s, "feed my soul." 





SPRING 199: 

Connie and her husband William 
live in Dry Fork, VA. 

Gilbert DeShazo Jr. '87BS/B 

married Lisa Finger on lune 15, 
1996. Gilbert works for Emerald 
Construction Company, as chief 
estimator. The couple lives in 

Ann Easterllng '82BS/H&S is 
the producer of the Carpenter 
Science Theatreat the Science 
Museum of Virginia. She lives in 

Steven '86BS/H&S and 
Angela Taylor Finn '87BS/H&S 
are the parents of twin boys Dylan 
and Taylor. Steven is manager of 
Harris County Housing and 
Community Development. The 
family lives in Bellaire, TX. 

account group manager for the 
Packett Group. Todd lives in 
Roanoke, VA. 

Peter Fraser '88BFA was 
named associate in The Glave 
Firm. He is leading the interior 
design of the new Visitors' Center 
at Richmond's Lewis Ginter 
Botanical Gardens. 

Elbert Galloway '83MPA/ 
HStS is the executive director of 
Garfield F. Childs Memorial 
Fund. He lives in Richmond. 

Debra Gibson '82BS 
'87MEd/E is lEP coordinator 
for King VV'illiam County Public 
Schools. Debra lives in 

Michael Gibson '86MS/H8cS 
married Marion Fallin on 
December 28, 1996. Michael 
works at the Naval Surface 
Warfare Center. The couple lives 
in Fredericksburg, VA. 

David Glass '86BGS/NTS is 
head coach of the VCU Women's 
Basketball team. David lives in 

Lisa Hall '89BS/B earned a 
MBA from Lynchburg College in 
May 1996. 

Beverly Hammond '85MEd 
was honored as teacher ot the 
year for her outstanding contri- 
butions to the teaching profes- 
sion. Beverly teaches fourth grade 
at West Point Elementary School 
in West Point, VA, where she 

Shannon Harding '89BS/MC 
married Steven Webb on 
September 14, 1996. Shannon 
works at The Martin Agency in 
Richmond, where the couple 

Teresa Hamish '85BS/B is 
executive assistant to Chancellor 

Alvin Schexnider at Winston- 
Salem State Universit)'. Teresa 
and her husband Lloyd Hamish 
'86BA '94MPA/H8{S live in 
Winston-Salem, NC. 

♦Charles Heath '88BS 
'90MURP/H8iS married Beverly 
Wone on September 14, 1996. 
Charles is regional projects 
planner for Middle Peninsula 
Planning District Commission. 
He is also on the Board ot 
Directors for the Community 
Transportation Association of 
Virginia. The couple lives in 
Newport News, VA. 

Beth Horsely 78-8 ISW 
and A is a Richmond freelance 
photographer and plays electric 
guitar in an R&B band. Boxcar 

Diana James '85BS/B 
'95MSW is engaged to Ronald 
Powell. They are planning a 
September wedding. Diana is a 
nephrology social worker for 
Gambro-MCV Heahh Care 
Dialysis in Richmond. 

Michael Jolkovski '83BM/A 
'86MS '89PhD/H8(S has been 
practicing clinical psycholog)' 
in Falls Church since 1991. He 
is a partner with Winter Hill 
Psychotherapy and Consultation 
Center. Michael is also active as 
an amateur musician. He lives in 
Falls Church, VA. 

Harry KoUatz'86BA/H&S 
married Amie Oliver on lune 20, 
1996. Harry is a staff writer for 
Richmond Magazine — and co- 
wrote the cover story in this issue. 

*Kevin Johnson '83BS/B and 
*Gail Johnson '86BS/B adopted 
their first child, Kevin Coles, in 
March 1996. Their second child, 
Christopher Daniel, was born on 
November 10, 1996. Kevin was 
promoted to regional chief pro- 
curement officer. Northeast 
Region, for the Department of the 
Treasury, IRS. The lohnsons live 
in Sommer\'ille, N|. 

Karen Lambert-Jones 
'84BS/H&S '94MD is a third-year 
resident at MCV Hospitals. Her 
husband Barry Jones '92BS/P 
is a chief pharmacist at Revco 
Drug Stores. The couple lives 
in Richmond. 

Susan Bunn Laude '87BS 
'89MURP/H&S is assistant town 
planner for the Town of Harwich, 
MA, where she lives. 

*Steven Jones '82BS/MC is 
director of membership and 
development for the Flight Safety 
Foundation. Steven and his wife 

Genet celebrated the birth of their 
second child Sabrina Genet on 
December 12, 1996. The Joneses 
live in Burke, VA 

Jeffrey Landis '88MSW is 
clinical social work supervisor at 
Dejarnette Center, a children's 
hospital in Staunton, VA. Jeffrey 
lives in Harrisonburg, VA. 

Barbara Mabe '80BFA had 
works featured in an exhibit at 
Rappahannock Westminster- 
Canterbury in Irvington during 
October 1996. She lives in 
Wake, VA. 

Edward McCoy '86BS/B is the 
owner of Faheart Industrial 
Services, Inc. Edward was nomi- 
nated for the Commercial 
Products and Services 
Entrepreneur of the Year in 
Virginia Award. 

Patrick McGeehan '86BS/MC 
is a senior research correspondent 
for National Geographic Society. 
Patrick lives in Washington. 

Thomas Miller '83BM/A and 
Mary Day Miller '83BS/H&S 
celebrated the birth of their 
daughter, Grace Elizabeth, on 
November 5, 1996. The family 
lives in Indianapolis, IN. 

Mary Montague Sikes 
'80MFA/A was the featured artist 
in an exhibition at the Miles B. 
Carpenter Museum in Waverly, 
VA. Mary's works can be seen in 
the Virginia Museum of Fine 
Arts, as well as in private and cor- 
porate collections. Mary lives in 
West Point, VA 

*John Morgan '88BS/H8;S is 
a community health nurse with 
Instructive Visiting Nurses 
Association in Richmond, where 
he also lives. 

John Muller '87MBA has 
joined Southside Bank as vice 
president and manager of the 
Tappahannock region. John lives 
in Charlottesville, VA. 

Maria Murphy '88BME/A 
married Mark Murphy on July 13, 
1996. Maria is a music teacher in 
Henrico County Public Schools. 
The couple lives in Richmond. 

Howard Owen '8IMA/H&S 
has written his fourth novel. The 
Measured Man, published in 
March 1997. 

*Lesley Suher Padilla 
'81BS/H8{S '95MD is a clinical 
fellow in orthopedic surgery at 
Boston Medical Center. 

'Elizabeth Porter Johnson 
'80BA/H8CS and her husband 
Frank celebrated the birth nf their 
second child Daniel Cullen 

Johnson on September 30, 1996. 
The couple own and operate The 
Gallery Restaurant in Deltaville, 
VA, where they live. 

president of the Richmond public 
relations company, Carter Ryley 
Thomas-EPB. He was also nomi- 
nated for 1996 Entrepreneur of 
the Year in Virginia. Mark and his 
family live in Richmond. 

Charles Umphlette Ir. plan a May 
wedding. Marita is an intensive 
case manager for the City of 
Richmond and a part-time flight 

Cynthia Redding '88BFA 
won a national jewelry design 
contest sponsored by Jam 
Creations in New York City. 

Catherine Redford '80BS/B is 
the director of business develop- 
ment for the Richmond area with 
Arthur Anderson, an accounting 
and consulting firm. She lives in 
Midlothian, VA. 

*Peter Rowan '82BS/B is the 
owner of Unified Sales Company 
of Bethesda, MD. Pete and his 
wife Debbie celebrated the birth 
of their son Peter Engren Rowan 
Jr., on October 23, 1996. 

Sandra Rusak '89MAE/A is 
the Associate Director for the 
Education and Outreach Division 
of the Virginia Museum of Fine 
Arts. She participated in the VA 
Department of Education's 
Russian Teaching Exchange last 

Roger Selvage Jr. '86BFA is 
art director for Wickham & 
Associates, Inc. Roger lives in 
Reston, VA. 

Kevin Simms '87BS/B gradu- 
ated from the MBA Fellows 
Program of Loyola College. He is 
Northwest Marketing Director of 
Knorr Bremse AG. Kevin and his 
family live in Westminster, MD. 

Allen Simpson '88BFA and 
Julie Moore '93BA/H8tS planned 
to be married in March 1997. 
AUen works for M&T Sports 
Design in Mechanicsville, VA. 
Julie works for the law firm of 
LeClair Ryan in Richmond. 

Ashton "A.C." Smith '81BS/E 
is the pastor of Evergreen Baptist 
Church. He lives in Appomattox, 

*J. Russell Smith '81BS/H8iS, 
a former member of the VCU 
Golf team, teamed with PGA 
Tour professional Hal Sutton to 
win the 1996 Buick Classic Pro- 
Am at Westchester County Club 



in Rye, NY. Russ is vice president 
ol liusiness Development for (iun 
North America. He lives in 
Bedminstcr, N|. 

'Mark Smith '81 BS'92C 
'95MPA/H&S was elected secre- 
tary of the National Kidney 
Foundation of Virginia. He is also 
chairman of the agency's Public 
Policy (Committee. Mark is the 
director of Ciovernment and 
Community Relations at VCU. 

Michael Smith '85BS/H&S is 
a physicist for the USA Edgevvood 
RDF. Center. Michael lives in 
Ahingdon, MD. 

special agent in the Mon Valley 
Resident Agency of the Pittsburgh 
Division of the FBI. He is also a 
member of the Pittsburgh 
Division's SWAT Team. He and 
his wife Judy Ann live in Upper 
St. Clair, PA. 

Jaron Terry '80BS 'SeMS/MC 
is president of Jaron Terry 
Communications. She was 
awarded the Central Ohio 
Chapter PRSA PRISM award in 
media relations. Jaron Jives in 
Hilliard, OH. 

Sabrina Thomas '89BS/ 
AH(RC) married Howard Van 
Willis Jr. on August 17, 1996. 
Sabrina is a psychiatric social 
worker in Washington. The 
couple lives in Silver Spring, MD. 

Amie Baron Toole '88BFA is 
a graphic designer for the 
Institute of Nuclear Power in 
Atlanta, GA. She lives in 
Carrollton, VA. 

'Felicia Tyler '83BS/H8;S 
is ACESS team leader for 
Hampton-Newport News 
Community SerNices Board in 
Newport News, VA, where she 

graduated with a PhD in 
computer science from the 
University of Alabama. Mark 
lives in Birmingham, AL. 

and his wife Amy celebrated the 
birth of their first child Evan on 
November 23, 1995. Greg is a 
systems analyst for Computer 
Management Sciences, Inc. The 
family lives in JacksonxiJle 
Beach, FL. 

Ricky WaUer '82BS/H&S had 
his first art e.xhibit at Durham 
Studio in Soho, NY, in December 
1996. Rickv lives in Washington, 

WendeU WaUer '80BA/H8cS 
is the pastor of Christian Home 

Baptist, in Norfolk, VA. Wendell 
is also the assistant city attorney 
lor the City (if Suffolk, VA. 

Rosemary Weston '88BFA 
married (;hristopher Kulp on 
August 17, 1996. 

David Wheeler '82MS 
'85PhD/H&S has joined the 
Senior's Partial Hospital Program 
at Poplar Springs Hospital. David 
lives in Richmond. 

Kimberly Wooden '87BS/B 
has opened a computer hairstyle 
imaging olfice, named Styles on 
Video, at Willow Lawn. Kimberly 
lives in Richmond. 

Edward Yates '86MBA was 
elected president and chief execu- 
tive officer of First Virginia Bank- 
Blue Ridge. Edward and his 
family live in Stauton, VA. 

Jane Waldron Zemel 
'86MS/MC is the assistant metro 
editor of the Pittsburgh Post 
Gazette. She and her family live in 
Pittsburgh, PA. 

1 990s 

David Alga '92MACC/B is a 

shareholder and executive officer 
in the firm of Creedle, Jones and 
Alga, P.C. David lives in 
Clarksville, VA. 

John Altman Jr '96MURP/ 
H8cS married Stephanie 
Cawthon '94BS/H8(S on October 
5, 1996. John is the senior planner 
for Dinwiddle County, VA. 
Stephanie is a home based teacher 
with the Center for Autism and 
Related Disorders. The couple 
lives in Colonial Heights, \'A. 

Rachel Ambrose '96BA/H8;S 
married Steven Schell on October 
19, 1996. Rachel is a graduate 
student at VCU. The couple Jive 
in Hanover County, VA. 

John Amiss Jr. '96BA/H8;S 
married Dawn Coleman 
'96BS/MC on June 1, 1996. Dawn 
is special events coordinator tor 
the Marine Corps Association in 
Quantico, VA. John is a heu- 
tenant in the United States 
Marine Corps. The couple lives in 

A. Joseph Anderson 
'93BS/H8tS was promoted to 
headquarters lieutenant, and 
assigned to Division II, Culpeper, 
\'A. He lives in Ruckerville, \'A. 

William Anderson Jr. 
'94BS/B married Terr)' Jo Wagner 
on June 15, 1996. Bill is a sofrivare 
engineer at Sequoia Software, Inc. 
The couple lives in Baltimore, 

Katherine Armstrong '93BFA 

married Randall Smith on June 
22, 1996. Kalhcrinc is a designer 
with (Circuit City Stores, Inc. The 
couple lives in Richmond. 

Robert Baker '93MBA 
married Natalie Wiljiams 
•91BS/MCon (ktober 26, 1996. 
Robert is a land developer with 
Southeastern l-and and Timber 
Company in Richmond. Natalie is 
the marketing manager for 
colleges and universities for 
Virginia Oedil Union. The 
couple lives in Richmond. 

Battinto Baits Jr '90BS/MC is 
a staff writer for The Virginian- 
Pilot, in Portsmouth, VA. Battinto 
lives in Hampton, \'A. 

Kenneth Baum III '94BS/B 
married Wanda Robinette 
'94BS/MC on October 19, 1996. 
Kenneth is general manager of the 
Boston Market restaurant in 
Richmond. The couple lives in 
Glenn Allen, VA. 

Cherie Beale '92BSW works 
with child protective services, 
"on-going " services and home- 
based care for Bath Count)', VA 

Social Service-. "^ • • — '■- -• 

on a masters : 

on a carter in adrjf/tion or 


Kathleen Bennett '94MSW n 
the director of VKiaJ scrvu-cs lor 
Shenandr^h Valley Wettmimter- 
Cantcrbury. Kathleen live* in 
Reston, VA. 

'Diana Blanchard '94MA/A 
married Christopher Grfrts on 
September 7, 1996, Diana 15 
curator at Peninsula Fine Art* 
Center. The couple lives in 

A. Scott Blankenship '94BFA 
joined the staff of the Soulfeuif 
Sentinel in |uly as a graphics com- 
positor and designer. Scott and 
his wife Pameb live in Uibanna, 

Donald Blanton '94BS/E 
married Adrienne Thornton on 
November 16, 19%. Donald 
teaches at the Governor's School 
in Richmond. The couple lives in 
Chesterfield, VA. 

Julie Blanton '91 BS/B 
married .Michael .Mooney in June 
1995. The couple lives in 

"This program lets the s'..::e'-; 3--e 'ee and see firsthand what 
medicine is about, " says Dr. Robert Lippman '76-80 HS/M (with 
slide). The five students who ?o ' ~ "c 5 .-.eek at McGuire 
Veteran's Administration Hospital observed or worked wrth cu".'-; 
tissue for slides, viewing 
slides, several diagnostic pro- 
cedures and three confer- 
ences. The Alumni Extern 
Program allows students to 
get a better understanding of 
a field by shadowing alumni 
in their workplaces. Lippman 
comments that because 
IVlcGuire is a teaching institu- 
tion, "this fits right in with 
what we do." 

"I learned more than I 
expected I would about 

anatomy and microbiology as they relate to pafc -_. 
Harding (next to Lippman). "Often pathology is consider 
dure after-the-fact. We want students to realize that it's ^ 
part of diagnosis and therapy." said Dr. Lippman. 

Students continue to give 
positive feedback about the 
caring attitude and great help 
of their alumni mentors. 
Usually their only complaint 
is that it's over too soon. 

Student James Cox 
enjoyed his week with 
Southall Stone '71BS/B. 
" He was extremely hos- 
pitable and very interested 
in my personal awareness 
of the medical aspect of 

If you are interested in the Alumni E\:e'~ -■^;-5~" -eta 
Stout-Brown at (804)VCU-ALUM or ema . :. .= . ■ ^ . :. ea. 




At February's meeting in Grace 

Street Theater, the African 

American Alumni Council honored 

VCU's African American Studies 

program, now in its 25th year 

(page 6). Council President 

Marilyn Campbell '81BS/MC (I) presented a commemorative plaque 

for the program. The theme of "family" came up often in talks by 

AAS faculty Dr. Audrey Smedley, Dr. Njeri Jackson (r) and Dr. Norrece 

Jones and Dr. Quincy Moore, director of VCU's academic support 

program. The reception later was a family reunion, with folks meeting 

and greeting each other — next time, you come, too. 


Pasadena, MD where Julie (still 
Blanton) is a partner in 
International Visions (see page 9), 
works full time as a communica- 
tions consultant, and is studying 
for an MS in International 
Business at the University of 
Baltimore. "My husband and I 
have NO life at all," she laughs. 

Kammie Bohlken '96BS/H&S 
married William Lee on June 8, 
1996. Kammie is pursuing a 
specialist's degree in school 
psychology from Wichita State 
University. The couple lives in 
Wichita, KS. 

Jay Boucher '92BFA is web- 
master for the MFA photography 
department of the School of 
Visual Arts in New York, where 
he will also be receiving a grad- 
uate degree in 1998. Find him at 
home at http://www.schoolof 

James Brennan '95BFA is 
a gold and silversmith, with a 
shop at Olde Towne Gallery in 
Portsmouth, VA where he is 
artist in residence. He lives in 
Springfield, VA. 

Monica Brown '93BS/B 
married Gary Rader on Novem- 
ber 2, 1996. Monica works for 
Overnite Transportation in 
Richmond, where the couple 

Nathaniel Brown '94BM/A 
married Leslie Brown on October 
12, 1996. Nathaniel is a keyboard 
artist in the Headstone Circus 
Band. The couple lives in 

Ronald BuUis '93PhD/SW is 
pastor of the First Presbyterian 
Church of Hopewell. Ronald 
received an award from Your 
Church magazine for excellence in 
helping churches with the 
business of ministry. He lives in 
Hopewell, VA. 

♦Christopher Burger '94BS/B 
married *C. Amanda Mahle 
'94BS/P on October 19, 1996. The 
couple lives in Richmond. 

Marsha Butler '92BS/MC is 
engaged to Donald Stephens II. 
Marsha is a media specialist in the 
corporate training department for 
Circuit City Stores, Inc. They plan 
a fall 1997 wedding. 

Candace Callaghan '92BA/ 
H&S married Thomas Grierson 
on September 21, 1996. Candace 
works for Aesthetic Associates. 
The couple lives in Charlottes- 
ville, VA. 

Cathy Canoles 'gSBS/H&S 
married Brian Donner on June 8, 
1996. Cathy works for Chester- 
field County Library Systems. The 
couple lives in Chester, VA. 

Jennifer Carter '96BS/H8cS 
and Kevin Gill plan a May 

David Chandler '95BS/H8{S 
graduated from the Richmond 
Police Training Academy in June 

Kristina Chapman Craig 
'92BFA and her husband Michael 
welcomed their first child. Scout 
Marie Craig, on luly 28, 1996. 
Kristina is assistant director at 
Centerville Children's Center in 
Manakin-Sabot, VA. The couple 
lives in Richmond. 

*James Clague '94BS/B is an 
auditor with Ernst & Young, LLP. 
*Deanna Clague '95BS/B is an 
auditor for Deloitte & Touche. 
The couple lives in Arlington, VA. 

Cinnamon Clemmons 
'92BA/H&S is the Business 
Center manager for the 
Charleston Place Hotel in 
Charleston, SC, where she also 

Timothy Connor '96BFA is 
design assistant tor the Corcoran 
Gallery of Art in Washington, 
DC, where he also lives. 

Terri Crews '94MSW is exec- 
utive director of DOVES in 
Danville, VA. The agency runs a 
shelter and provides emergency 
semces. She lives in Rocky 
Mount, VA. 

Victoria Garn Crowe '90BFA 
is illustrator/president of Crowe 
Illustrations. She was the 1995-96 
Oregon College of Art & Craft 
Artist-in-Residence in wood. 
Victoria lives in Portland, OR. 

married Kirk Dishman on August 
17, 1996. 

Brook Dadson '94BFA 
married Mark Colombo on lune 
15, 1996. Brook is an art educator 
in Virginia Beach Public Schools. 
The couple lives in Virginia 

*Keyan Danker '9 IBS/B 
married Tonia White on April 6, 
1996. Kevan works for Blacksburg 
Transit. The couple lives in 
Christiansburg, VA. 

the communications manager for 
Williamsburg Community 
Hospital, in Williamsburg, VA. 
KeUey's children are Stephen and 
Jordan Daspit. The family lives in 
Newport News, VA. 

Reginald Davenport '94TE is 
a physics and electronics teacher 
at the Governor's School in 
Richmond, where he lives. 

Angela Davila '93BFA 
married Robert Cave on October 
29, 1996. Angela is a commercial 
designer for Chasen's Business 
Interiors. The couple lives in 
Virginia Beach. 

Brian Davis '92BS/H&S is 
planner for Fauquier County 
Department of Community 
Development. Brian lives in 
Warrenton, VA 

Roger Day and Cheryl Swain 
both '94BA/H&S plan an April 
wedding. Roger works for 
Albright and Wilson Americas. 
Cher)'l works for Hunton and 

Rodney Deaner '94BS/H8tS 
married Donna Robinson on 
December 22, 1996. Rodney is a 
life and health agent with 
Woodmen of the World Life 
Insurance Company. The couple 
lives in Appomattox, VA. 

Charles Dragum '93BS/E and 
Kimberley HeUems '89BS '93C/B 
were married on luly 3, 1995. The 
couple celebrated the birth of 
their first child, Taylor Ann 
Dragum, on September 14, 1996. 
Charlie is a teacher and coach at 

Lee Davis High School, in 
Richmond. Kim is a CPA with 
Huzek 8( Creech, PC. The family 
lives in Mechanicsville, VA. 

Wendy Farmer Piersall 
'94BS/H8jS married Kelly Piersall 
on September 7, 1996. Wendy is a 
psychology technician at Lakeland 
Regional Hospital. The couple 
lives in Springfield, MO. 

V. Spencer Ferguson 
'92MSW is director of social work 
at Patrick Henry Boys and Girls 
Home in Brookneal, VA. He also 
has opened up his own counsel- 
ing service in Halifax, VA. 

Jonathan Fish '94BS/B is 
commercial director of A.E.S. 
Limited, a British engineering 
company specializing in the 
design and restoration of special 
and prototype automobiles, 
lonathan hves in London, 

John Flikeid '93BA/H&S is 
the director of Human Resources 
for Capitol Legal Copies. He lives 
in Reston, VA. 

Nena Foster '94MEd married 
David Pritchard on July 19, 1996. 
The couple lives in Lakewood, 

Janel Foxworth '94BS/B 
married Chris English in June 

1995. Janel is an associate public 
utility accountant for the State 
Corporation Commission. The 
couple lives in Hopewell, VA. 

Elizabeth Fuller '92BS/B 
married Cecil Morris on June 1, 

1996. Elizabeth works for Eaton's 
Fine Jewelers. The couple lives in 
Colonial Heights. VA. 

Celeste Gates '94MM/A 
teaches at the Academy for the 
Performing Arts in Kilmarnock, 
VA. She is also the music 
director/conductor of the 
Northern Neck Community 
Orchestra. Celeste lives in 
Burgess, VA. 

Pamela Gerhardt'93MFA/ 
H&S is a visiting lecturer at Texas 
A8cM University. Pamela also 
writes a monthly column for 
CompuServe, "The Awkward 
Adventurer." She also writes for 
the Dallas Morning News. Pamela 
has finished her first novel, St. Joe, 
which is being read by agents. 
Pamela lives in College Station, 

WilUam Gilliam '92BS/B 
married Cheryl Medford on 
November 2, 1996. William is the 
owner of Choice Entertainment 
in Richmond. 



Meredith CIcnn '96B.S/H&S 

iii,iirlci.l |(ilin Miillcix in 
ScplcnilxT 1996. Mcrcililh works 
for the Circatcr Richiiioiid Area 
Scholarship I'rogram. '1 he toiiple 
hves in Richniond. 

Michael (iohcen '93BS/MC 
and Pamela Magce '87BS/MC arc 
engaged. Michael is a per.sonne! 
coordinator for )udith fox 
Staffing Companies. Pamela is 
news director for WRIC-TV « 

Alan Goldstein '96BS/E is a 
salesman lor Circuit City Stores, 
Inc. Alan and Kimbcrley Sheer 
plan to be married on April 5, 
1997. Alan lives in Richmond. 

Phil Griffin '95BA/H&S is a 
reporter for The South Hill 
Enterprise. He hves in South Hill, 

Randall Griggs '95BS/MC 
married Alison Inazo on 
November 16, 1996. Randall is a 
videographer with VAVS 
Production. The couple lives in 

*Hiliary Guess '90BA/H&S is 
account executive with Data 
Technologies of VA. Hillary and 
Stephen Thurston plan a June 
wedding. Hillary lives in Hanover, 

Melanie Brusati Hall '90BFA 
married lonathan Hall on 
October 15, 1994. Melanie has 
completed science studies at John 
Jay College in New York City, and 
is seeking admission to medical 
school. The couple lives in New 
York City. 

Lt. John D. Harbour '94BS/ 
H&S received his "Wings of 
Gold" and was designated a US 
Air Force navigator after complet- 
ing the 23-week Navigator Train- 
ing Course in Pensacola, PL. His 
instruction included more than 
100 hours of inflight training. 

Steven Harders '96MFA/A is 
the artistic director of The 
Generic Theater. Steven has 
taught drama and public speaking 
at VCU. He lives in Richmond. 

♦Erich Hartmann '96BS/MC 
is a copywriter for Olgivy & 
Mather, an international advertis- 
ing firm in New York City. 

Judith Harvey '96TE teaches 
fourth grade at Ga\1on 
Elementary School in Henrico 
County. ludy lives in Richmond. 

Michael Hasenstab '96BS/B 
married Tara Perkinson on 
August 3, 1996. Michael works for 
AMF Bowling, Inc. The couple 
lives in Richmond. 

Justin Hatfield and Amy 
Evans, both 'y6BS/E, plan a May 
wedding, liolli of them work for 
flenrico (bounty Recreation and 

Karen Hawkins '9 1 BFA 
'92BFA graduated with a Master 
of International Management 
from the School for International 
Training in Bratlleboro, VT in 
October 1 996. She is associate 
producer for Globe Net KK in 
■fokyo, lapan. 

married James Thomas on 
October 12, 1 996. The couple 
lives in Glen Allen, VA. 

Thomas Hayden '95BS/B 
married Shari Bernstein in 
October 1996. He is the manager 
of (Computer Corner, Inc. The 
couple lives in Mcchanicsville, 

Heather Henry '94MS/ 
AH(RC) married lason Umberger 
February 17, 1996. Heather is a 
rehabilitation counselor at 
Associated Rehabilitation 
Consultants, Inc. The couple lives 
in Fairfax, VA. 

*Charles Hester '90MS/E is 
the director of the Petersburg 
Recreation Department. Charles 
lives in Richmond. 

Christopher Hite '93BM/A is 
a member of the Fort Lee Army 
Band's Dixieland Sextet. He plays 
the tuba, trombone, and 
electric bass. Chris has been in the 
Army for three years. His home is 
in Colonial Heights, VA. 

Kama Hood '90BS/B married 
Gregory Price on October 5, 1996. 
Kama works for lefterson 
National Bank in Orange. The 
couple lives in Madison, VA. 

Jennifer Houston '96MFA/A 
is owner of Gala.xie 409, an 
antiques, collectibles and vintage 
clothing shop in Richmond, 
where she also lives. 

Caria Hovis '92BFA married 
Anthony Trowbridge Ir. on luly 
27, 1996. Carla is a program 
manager with National 
Assessment Institute in 
Richmond. The couple lives in 
Toano, VA. 

Thomas Huddleston '94BS/B 
is an application development 
manager with PanAgora Asset 
Management. He lives in 
Roslindale, MA. 

Gerald Hudson '93MSW led 
a Preiudice Reduction Workshop 
for over 200 middle and high 
school students at VCU's Eighth 
Annual Youth Issues Forum in 


Alurnni tio:,to<J i/^o foofeptions in March to encourage pfowect/ye 
students andtheir parents to attend VCiJ. wuh ^ third ot^r,n&) lor May 
6 in t')ew York City. NOVA alurnni •,•• '^-ch 16 On 

March 20, around 100 prospective , • ts frorr, 

the Hampton Roads area came out to Iiij-:.c~- iiii_6;._.'.'. to hea' 
alumni and faculty tell them wtty they should make VCU t^lelf nurr^oer 

one coiicrge '','■ o '.e 

Raymond West '92BS/N IkM 

hun Heather Comer '94BA/H&8 

■ \!i\ ibiii-i. oo;.'. ;, 
'essional goals, f- 
reard us out, 

asked hard questioris, collected information and 

forms to take home — and petted a few sharks. 

And VCU made some new friends. 

Other alumni used telepathy — at least that's 

what It looked like when Marsha Shuler '74BS 

president-elect, a' ': - 
board members called rr^r., o: 
the top 500 freshman applicants 
for 1 997-98. Ijst year's calling 
was an important part of the effoa 
that won 25 percent more of ttie 
orightest students to VCU than 
the year before. Alumni and staff 
answered questions, soothed 

apprehension, and pointed out there will be plenty of challenge and 

plenty of support at VCU- Two intense evenings, but fun. too — 

like college. 

Barry- Siininons (left) from financial aid, Jeny Williams '7IBFA ami Jan 
Panish •89MSW 

March. Gerald is teaching at 
James Madison Universin- in 
Harrisonburg, \'.-\, where he lives. 

»IarI Jackson '94BGS/H&S 
is a graduate student at the 
Universit)' of West Florida. His 
studies concentrate on southern 
historic and culture. Jarl lives in 
Pensacola, FL. 

Sean Johnson '94BS/B 
married .Amy Lenno on October 
26, 199(1. Sean works for Rotondo 
Pre-Cast in Spotsylvania, \'.\. The 
couple hves in Stafford. VA. 

Michel lones '95TE is an 
exceptional education teacher for 

the emotionally disturbed at 
Thomas Boushall Middle School. 
He also works at Saint Josephs 
\'illa and Family Preservation 
Services. Michel lives in 
Heaths\-ine. \A. 

Kw-adwo Kamau '92.\IF.V. 
H&S pubhshed his first no\'el. 
Flickering Shadcn\i, with CotFee 
House Press. He lives in 

Robert Kaufinan Jr. ■96BS't 
married Beverly Howerton on 
lime S, 1996. Robert is a substi- 
tute teacher for Dinwiddie 


SPRING 199: 


Valentine's Day at Chelfs, 
1959. Ann wearing the gold 
heart Phil gave her, and 
Phil in the sweater she 
knitted for him. 

Phil Jordan '59BFA and Ann Elliott Jordan '60BFA 

The first time I saw her I was smitten. It was the fall of 1957. She was beautiful 
and friendly, out-going, happy and cheerful. She was a 5 ft, pony-tailed 
dynamo, a great dancer (all the things I was not) and she was dating some of 
the smoother, well-heeled guys. When we passed in the hall she would smile 
and I would get this terrible feeling that if I expressed any interest it might meet 
with rejection. 

When the student is ready, the teacher appears. One December morning I 
sat on the second floor windowsill in Shafer Playhouse and watched a huge snowball fight 
erupting in the street. I saw her crouching on the other side. The way she was yelhng at the 
combatants, it was obvious that she was truly afraid to run the gandet of snowballs. I took the 
lid from a big galvanized trash can and went to pick her up. We charged tightly together 
across Shafer Street under a barrage of snowballs. 
Inertia overcome, I asked Ann to a dance, ahhough my idea of dancing was left foot trips over right 
foot and vice versa (still is). She accepted, and in a short time we found we were kindred spirits. It quickly 
escalated into the realization that a major life-time commitment was happening to us both. I worked 
nights at the Times-Dispatch and the rest of the time I spent with Ann. We did the Toddle House, Eton's, 
Chelfs and the Belvidere Inn. 

We were married in October 1960 and now live in Falls Church, Virginia. Ann is a freelancer specializ- 
ing in editorial, children's and decorative illustration. I am a self employed graphic designer providing art 
direction for USPS postage stamps and the Smithsonian's Air & Space Magazine. Our son, Johnny, is an 
electrical engineer in Los Angeles. 

A couple of times a year we drop by the campus and wander around. A surprising amount remains the 
same 40 years later, and most of the changes are for the better — exciting and rewarding. We look back 
always with satisfaction that RPI was the catalyst for our lifetime together. 

. . .As time goes by. Jim 

and Amy's wedding day on 
August 26, 1995 in 
Gloucester County, 

Amy Ruth '92BA/H&S and Jim Meisner '93 BS/MC 

Amy and I met in front of Cabell Library on a mild lune night in 199L 
It was after our summer school classes in Hibbs that she walked past me. 

As I walked a few steps behind her, I wanted to talk to her but didn't know what 

to say. Luckily, I found an excuse when I reached my car. 

Our Chevy Chevettes — one red, one blue — were parked nose by nose, an 

omen and a conversation starter. Three hours later we were still leaning against 

our open car doors, talking hke old friends. 

Almost seven years later, we're happily married. We live in Iowa where Amy earned 

an MA in journalism. She's the editor of The Goldfinch, a prizewinning children's history 

magazine. I'm the director of media relations for the World's Toughest Rodeo, a national 

entertainment company. We fly back to Virginia once or twice a year and drive around 

campus and the city revisiting our old haunts. 

''Jim and Amy hope to relocate to the Old Dominion in the next few months. If anyone has job openings 
for a pair of writers, they'd like to hear from you. 

"They met over coffee and 
tea... and promptly fell 
in love" "They" are 
Jennifer Treibly Sarvay 
'96BFA and John Sarvay 
'94BGS/NTS, married 
October 19, 1996 in 
Richmond. Jennifer is a 
dresser and stitcher in 
costume design for the 
Richmond Ballet, and 
designs and makes wedding 
dresses. John has left Circuit 
City to develop a communi- 
cations program for Luck 

Northern Exposure. Well, 
no, they didn't meet at 
VCU — but who could resist 
this photo! Susan Dayton 
'80BFA married Miles 
Nelson in Eagle River, 
Alaska on May 21, 1987. 
They are living in Tijeras, 
New Mexico while Susan 
finishes her MS in 
Communit)' Health 
Education at University of 
New Mexico, when they will 
return to Alaska. 



County Public Schools. The 
couples lives in Dinwiddic, VA. 

Jcannie Keen '96MSW works 
■It lir.iley and Thiinipson, Inc. 
where she provides educational 
and family services, therapy, and 
case management. Jcannie and 
her husband Michael live in 
Roanoke, VA. 

lovita Kelly '96BS/B is a 
management trainee at Northern 
Neck Sate bank. She lives in 
[•arnhani, VA. 

Michelle Kerr '93TE married 
lames bonner jr. on August 10, 
1996. Michelle is 
a kindergarten teacher in 
Williamsburg. The couple lives 
in Sandston, VA. 

Angelia Kline '96BSW 
married Seth Craig IV on lune 
15,1 996. The couple lives in 

John Kovalcik and Jessica 
Long, both '93BFA, married on 
October 5, 1996. The couple lives 
in Richmond. 

David Krasner '90MFA/A is 
director of undergraduate theater 
studies at Yale University. 

Loraine tacy '90BFA married 
Victor Parziale on October 12, 
1996. The couple lives in 
Roanoke, VA. 

Christopher Layton '95MPA/ 
H&S is the legislative liaison for 
the City of Suffolk, VA. He lives 
in Williamsburg, VA. 

Matthew Letson '91 BS/B 
married Zonya Leary on October 
5, 1996. Matthew works at 
Hanover Excess and Surplus. The 
couple lives in Wilmington, NC. 

Brenda Lipscomb '95BS/E 
married Timothy Ellison on June 
8, 1996. Brenda is a physical 
therapy technician at Sheltering 
Arms Rehabilitation Hospital. 
The couple lives in Richmond. 

Karen Little '9 IBS/H&S 
'94MS/AH(RC) is an intensive 
probation and parole officer in 
Hanover County. She lives in 

Andre Lucero '90BFA had 
several illustrations published in 
the NY Times, January 2, 1997, 
with a story on the state of the 
economy. You saw him here first, 
previously in the former VCU 
Magazine and most recently on 
the political cover ofShafer Court 
Coimectiom, Fall 1996. Andre is 
also engaged to be married to 
Erin Crummette, PR specialist in 
the News Services office of VCU. 
A May 3 wedding is planned. 

Amy Luckcydoo '93BS/H&S 

joined the United Slates Navy in 
May 1993. Amy is a medical 
student at the MCV campus and 
plans to graduate this spring. 

Eric May '96BIA and Shelly 
Fisher '96BS/H8(S plan a May 
wedding. Shelly works for 
Richmond Eye A.ssociates. Eric 
works at the Tobacco (Company 
restaurant in Richmond. 

Tujwanda Mackcy 
'95BA/H&S married Norman 
Trail on September 14, 1996. 
Tujwanda is a risk representative 
at Capital ONE. The couple lives 
in Hampton, VA. 

Barbara Maddox '95MPA/ 
H&S is a lead analyst for George 
Mason University. She lives in 
Springfield, VA. 

Christopher Manetz '93BS 
'95MS/E married Andrea Hawks 
'96TE on August 3, 1996. Chris 
works at the MCV campus, and 
Andrea works at VCU's west 
campus. They live in Richmond. 

-Debra Manning '96BS/H&S 
has completed the Officer's 
Indoctrination Course and she's 
an ensign in the U.S. Navy. Debra 
lives in Chesterfield, VA. 

Melanie Leigh Matthews 
'93MA/A is gallery director and 
visual arts coordinator for the 
Craven Arts Council in New 
Bern, NC. She and her husband 
Charles live in New Bern, 

Scott McConnell '93BS/B 
married Kimberly Dyson on June 
8, 1996. Scott works for X-tra 
Lease. The couple lives in 

Bonnie McElwey'94BFA 
married Randy Snodgrass on 
August 10, 1996. Bonnie is an 
interior designer tor JMJ 
Corporation. The couple lives in 

Heather McHugh '96BS/B 
has joined Richmond Goodwill 
industries as an account manager 
for Goodwill Staffing Semces. 
She had been there as a student 
intern in marketing. 

Gerald McKinney Jr. 
'93BA/H&S married C>'nthia 
Ligon on October 12, 1996. 
Gerald is an attorney at Daniel 
and LeCro)'. The couple lives in 
Morganton, NC. 

♦Michael Millar '95MSW is 
residential administrator for 
Wellspring Ministries, Inc in 
Fairfa.x, VA. Michael lives in 
Burke, \'A. 

senior account executive at Hagar 

Major Hlayert. "Leadership concepts evolve, 
yd the group, not the individual, is best 
equipped to make the business successful,' 
says Dean Howard Tucker (far right/. 
Business School teammates William 
DeRusha '76BS/B. president and CEO of 
Heilig- Meyers; VCU President Eugene Trani: 
Betsy Stevenson and Thomas Snead '76BS/B, 
chief financial officer of Tngon, know this 
from experience. 

students toured the new Stucjent Team-Building Center on ihe 
fifth! floor of ttie Business Building. 

Tfie center is a well-lighted study area with eight "break-oof 
rooms for team work. Other "techno" features were also on 
display — the Distance Learning Lab, the Covington Communications 
Lab, the Fast Track MBA Room, and electronic classroorrs "'.V'j 
introduced instruction facilities that allow for a wide va' o 
teaching techniques and a corporate environment for lea i 

business strategies." Dean Howard Tucker sums up. 

Iri COffJOr;jtfj Arr ^-r,',.'j 
today, "technology" and 
"team-building" are the 
buzz words, and VCU's 
School of Business has 
turned the words into 
fact. On December 16, 
more than 150 friends, 
faculty, alumni, and 

Sharp, Inc., in Washington, DC. 
She lives in Alexandria, VA. 
Friends can send Kelli email at 

Martin Miller '92BS/MC has 
been promoted to director of 
operations for Metro Net\vorks, 
in Carmel, IN. Martin is engaged 
to Susan Kraft '92BS/B. 

Linda MiUs '95MFA/H&S, 
her husband David, and nearly- 
ten-year-old son Kendall 
welcomed baby brother Ian DaWs 
Mills into the familv on Februar)' 
24, 1997. 

-Tina Moore '95BS/MC 
married Kenneth Price on August 
10, 1996. Tina works for Virginia 
Power. The couple lives in 
Virginia Beach. 

Todd Morris '92BS/B 
married Dena Bonniwell on 
October 5, 1996. Todd works for 
UPS. The couple lives in 

Christopher Mortimer 
'93BA/H&S is the assistant 
computer s\stems manager at the 
Center on Budget and Police- 
Priorities. He lives in 
Washington, DC. 

Mark Morton and Amanda 
Milam, both '93BS/B, plan an 
April wedding. Mark works for 
Trigon Blue Cross Blue Shield. 

Betsy Murden Loeb 
'95BS/MC married Josh Loeb on 

October 21, 1995. BetS)' is an 
advertising production artist for 
Circuit Cit)-. The couple lives in 

married Chester Smith on 
October 12, 1996. Mar>- Jo teaches 
in Dare Count)- Public Schools. 
The couple lives in Nags Head, 

Christopher Nichols •94BS/E 
married Heather Eckenrode 
'93BS/E on September 14, 1996. 
The couple lives in RicJmiond. 

'Melanie Norton '95BS/H&S 
is an English teacher at Bishop 
Ireton High School in .\le.xandria. 
She lives in Lorton. \'.\. 

Phaedra Oubre '95BS/H&S is 
the alimmi services coordinator at 
Sa\'annah College of .\rt and 
Design in G.\. Her husband John 
Oubre Jr. '95BS/B has been 
accepted to Officer Candidate 
School in the L'.S. .\nny. The 
Oubres live in Sax-annah. G.\. 

Cressida Osgood '92BS/E 
married Rot^ert Norris on 
Oaober 13. 1996. Cressida is a 
recreation professional. The 
couple lives in King William. V.\ 

Steven Pac>-na '95BS/B 
married Virginia Gilbert 
'%BS/AHlCLS) on August 10. 
1996. Steven is an applications 
speciahst at Crestar BanL 
\irs3nia is a student at the 


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University of Texas. The couple 
lives in Fort WorthJX. 

*Leander Pambid '96BS/H&S 
completed basic training at 
Marine Corps Recruit Depot in 
Parris Island, S.C. His home is in 
South Boston, VA. 

Keith Parker '90BA 
'93MURP/H&S married Dawn 
McCoy '93MEd on August 17, 
1996. Keith is assistant general 
manager of Greater Richmond 
Transit Company. Dawn is a 
teacher at Patrick Henry High 

Lee Patterson '91BS/B 
married Shannon Fox 
'92BS/H&S in November 1996. 

Jay C.Paul '91 BS/B married 
Michelle Bowers on July 8, 1995. 
Jay is an attorney with Hill & 
Rainey in Petersburg, VA. The 
couple lives in Sandston, VA. 

John Peluso '94MBA heads 
the newly opened Los Angeles 
office of WPS Clearing Services, a 
division of Wheat First Securities, 
Inc. John and his wife Mar)' live 
in Pacific Palisades, CA. 

Amy Philips '94BS/H&S 
married Michael Leonard on July 
20, 1996. Amy teaches third grade 
at New Kent Elementary School. 
The couple lives in Mechanics- 
ville, VA. 

Timothy PhiUips'94BS/B 
works for Union Pacific Railroad. 
He lives in Manchester, MO. 

Brian Pickral 'gSBS/MC is 

operations manager for 
Richmond Communications. 
Brian married Cristen Whitehurst 
on May 24, 1996. The couple lives 
in Richmond. 

Tanya Piotrowski '9 IBS 
'93MS/AH(RC) married Michael 
Hickman on July 6, 1996. Tanya 
is an employment specialist with 
Jersey Cape Diagnostic Training 
and Opportunity Center. The 
couple lives in Cape May, NJ. 

Serena Post DeMallie '93BFA 
married Scott DeMallie in 1995. 
Serena is a teacher for Chesapeake 
Public Schools. She and her 
husband live in Chesapeake, VA 

Lisa Potts Jobe '90MSW and 
her husband lared celebrated the 
birth of their son James Walter, 
born on March 9, 1996. Lisa is an 
at-home mother. The family lives 
in Silver Spring, MD. 

James Radcliffe '90BS/H&S 
married Donna Foederer 
'91BS/B. The couple lives on 
Colonial Heights, VA. 

May Frances Ramsey '94BFA 
is finishing an interior design at 
VCU. She lives in Alexandria, VA. 
Rosalind Raxter '95BS/H&S 
married David Shockley on 
August 3, 1996. The couple lives 
in Waco, Texas. 

Rebecca Reardon '92BS 
'94MBA married Robert Stevens 
on October 26, 1996. The couple 
lives in Chesapeake, VA. 

Paul Repak '93BS/B married 
Susan Hobson '95BS/B on |uly 
22, 1996. Paul is a loss control 
consultant for Hastings-Tapley 
Insurance Agency. Susan is a 
computer programmer at Crestar 
Bank. The couple lives in 

Dewey Reynolds Jr. '90BS/E 
married Mirinda Powers '92BFA 
on June 22, 1996. Mirinda is an 
art teacher at Grafton Village 
Elementary School in Stafford, 
VA. Dewey is an English teacher 
at Brooke Point High School. The 
couple lives in Fredericksburg, 

married Ronnie Rankin on May 
18, 1996. Amy works for the 
Orange County School Board. 
The couple lives in Orange, VA. 

Kristie Robertson '96BS/H&S 
is a pharmaceutical sales repre- 
sentative with Smithkline 
Beecham, in New lersey. Kristie 
lives in Stuarts Draft, VA. 

Cheryl Roeding Black 
'86MS/H&S works at The 
Screenprint Factory in Aiken, SC. 
Cheryl hosted the Australian 
Equestrian Team while they 
trained in Aiken, SC, where she 
and her husband Steve live. 

Douglas Rodman '94BA/H&S 
is an archival technician with the 
Virginia Historical Society in 
Richmond, where he lives. 

Ginny Rogan '91BS/H&S is 

the owner and sole proprietor of 
Elegant Handlettering and 
Design. She writes business cards, 
wedding invitations, menus and 
award certificates. Ginny also 
teaches calligraphy classes at 
Westminster-Canterbury retire- 
ment community, MJDesigns and 
The Hand Workshop. She lives in 
Powhatan County, VA. 

Eric Rossi '90BS/H&S is the 
database marketing manager at 
the Fort Worth Star-Telegram. 
He lives in Benbrook, TX. 

Rebecca Schardt '92BS/MC 
'94TE married Christopher 
Buehren on September 21, 1996. 
The couple lives in 
Mechanicsville, VA. 

Elizabeth Seaman '94BS/H&S 
married Christopher Bache on 
June 29, 1996. Elizabeth works for 
Victoria's Secret. The couple lives 
in Fairfax, VA. 

married Matthew Golding in 
August 1996. The couple lives in 
Mechanicsville, VA. 

Kara Shelton '94BS/B 
married Jeffrey Bradford on 
November 2, 1996. Kara works at 
Johnston-Willis Hospital. The 
couple lives in Mechanicsville, 

*RonaId Singleton '96PhD/E 
is vice president for college rela- 
tions and legislative affairs at 


"She was as great a person as she was an artist," says Theresa PoUak of land- 
scape painter Nell Blaine '42Arts. Blaine was 74 when she died November 
14, 1996 of respiratory failure brought on by post-polio syndrome. "She had 
tremendous determination and strength of will to continue to paint in spite 
of her illness. And she had many loyal friends who stuck by her through 
ever)thing." Blaine's work was respected and enjoyed internationally when 
she was stricken with bulbar polio at 36, in 1959. A year later, she was 
painting again, as she did for most of her life. (Blaine's mother once said she 
started her career in her crib.) 

Pollak, founder of RPI's Art School, taught Blaine for a year — "a difficult 
but exciting year for both of us," Pollak says. Blaine was so talented she had 
heard nothing but praise for her art through high school. "Her work had 
become slick, facile. Gradually she began to realize that there was much 
more depth within her than she had been using in her painting." Pollak gives 
another teacher, Worden Day, credit for urging Blaine to go to New York to 
study, against the wishes of her mother. 

Nell went, and studied with Hans Hoffman, who influenced her early 
work as an abstractionist. Later, she moved toward realism, painting flowers, gardens and landscapes luminous with color. Pollak comments, "It took 
courage to paint in a realistic way and to do beautiful paintings. That was not in vogue. But that's why so many people can enjoy the sheer beauty and joy 
of it." Michael Drought, current chair of painting and printmaking, adds, "Though the imagery in her paintings and watercolors focuses on the felicities 
of domestic life, one never loses sight of the painterly eftects that are the real subject of her art." 

This combination of consummate skill and talent with an unsentimental joyousness is the reason Blaine's work is in many private collections and in 
major museums like the Whitney Museum of American Art and the Museum of Modern Art in New York. 

"She had a remarkable free flowing talent," Pollak remembers. "It never seemed a great effort. She went into almost a kind of trance when she painted. 
Her art was a part of her, it was the flow of her life." 



Mary Washinglon (^ollcgf. 1 Ic 
lives in l-'redcricksliurg, VA. 

'Kimberly Spruill Smith 
'95BS/B is .idniinislrativc toordi- 
nalor for ihc Virginia (amiIlt on 
Aging. She lives in Richmond. 

Jay Smith '90BS/B was 
promoted Iroiii general manager 
of Cox Communications to vice 
president-administration. He 
lives in Montpelicr, VA. 

Sydney Sowers 'geMFA/H&S 
was awarded the CA>llege of 
Humanities and Sciences 
Distinguished Services Award. 
The award acknowledges 
academic performance, leader- 
ship, and service to the school. 
Sydney was also awarded the 
Graduate Student Poetry Award 
for 1996. She lives in Richmond. 

*Amy Spofford '92BFA 
received her MFA in sculpture 
from Yale University in 1994. She 
married Andrew Tyley on 
October 12, 1996. The couple 
lives in London. 

Scott Stansell '90BS/B 
married Kimberly Townsend on 
May 25, 1996. Scott works for 
Virginia Sealing Products in 
Prince George County. The 
couple lives in Richmond. 

Suzanne Carter Steger 
'91BA/H&S is the director of 
tobacco control for the Virginia 
division of the American Cancer 

William Stells '90BS/B 
married lennifer (iorman on 
October 12, 1996. William works 
for Ukrop's Super Markets, Inc. 
The couple lives in (Chesterfield, 

•Vonda Stokcly •92BS/MC is 
public support director nl the 
American Red Ooss, (Central CiA 
Chapter. Vonda lives in Macon, 

Jonnie Stone '91 BS/B is now 
senior business systems analyst at 
Reynolds Melals (Company, 
lonnie is also coaching junior 
varsity girls volleyball at Godwin 
High School. 

Anita Edwards Siruewing 
'94TE is teaching math at Ruffner 
Middle School in Norfolk, VA. 
She and her husband Ronald live 
in Virginia Beach, VA. 

Morris Taylor Jr. '93BS/B 
married (Cheri Bickings on April 
27, 1996. Morris works for 
Capital One Financial Services. 
The couple lives in Richmond. 

Karen Thomas '92BFA 
married Jeffrey Keller on 
November 2, 1996. Karen works 
for Custom Design Works in 
Newport News, VA, where the 
couple lives. 

Lawrence Vandiford 
'93BS/H&S married Deborah 
Longest on April 13, 1996. The 
couple lives in Richmond. 

Kaye Wachsmann '93BS/B 
married leffrey Carson on lune 

1 5, 1 996. Kay works for Patient 
First C>)rporalion. The couple 
lives in Midlothian, VA. 
Joanna Walsh '9 1 BS/B IS 

retail sales manager for 36(J* 
(Communications (Jpcrations in 
Martinsville, I.>anville and Vjuth 
Boston, VA. Joanna lives in 
(Charlottesville, VA. 

'95MEd married Richard Walsh 
on June 22, 1996. Mary is a 
learning consultant for Mountain 
Lake Township Schools. The 
couple lives in Somerville, NJ. 

Gary Watkins '94BS/H&S 
and Alicia Lukowski plan a lune 
wedding. Gary works for the State 
Corporation (Commission. 

Lisa Watkins '96TE married 
Richard Winn on luly 27, 1996. 
Lisa is a teacher at Walker-Grant 
Middle School in Fredericksburg 
VA. The couple lives in 
Spotsvlvania, VA. 

Charles WeUs '91 BS/B 
married *Sherrie Talmage 
'95BS/H&S on September 28, 
1996. Charles works for the Town 
of Blackstone, VA. Sherrie works 
for the Virginia Department of 
Motor Vehicles. The couple lives 
in Petersburg, VA. 

Rosalynne Whitaker-Heck 
'95MS/MC is the Newport News 
Public Schools coordinator of 
media and community relations. 
Rosalynne also teaches video pro- 
duction at Norfolk State 

University, Sht and Im ., . ;/'.,.■; 
Teddy Heck live in Norfolk, VA, 

'aim White '93BVH&Sei 
marla-ting aswKiate for ih<- 
Whitnc7 Museum </ 
Art in .S'cw York Ci" 

Geshia White '94BS/H&S 
rca-ived a Master of F.ducation in 
Guidance & Couasding-Hightr 
Education from Virginia State 
University in Ijccember 19%, 

Karen White •93MFA/A is 
an assistant professor at the 
University of Hawaii's Art 
Department. Karen reaived a 
1995 Adobe Award for photo 
illustration. She lives in 
Honolulu, HI, 

Stephanie Whiteside '%BA/A 
married Russell Turner on 
September 28, 1996. Stephanie is 
the marketing coordinator at 
Design Tech, The couple lives in 

Belinda Wiggins '89-9 IB is 
president and CEO of the 
I^chmond Renegades hockey 
team. Wiggins has been on the 
team's staff since it was formed in 
1990, and worked under three 
different owners, "Maybe it's 
because I'm a survivor." 
Attendance this season averaged 
6,630 for home games, 

Mantes Williams '84BS 
'96MS/H&S is sergeant in the 
Staunton Police Department 
James was honored as the out- 


Dr. William Randolph Sw)'ers "was one of the creative forces in the development of VCU's School of Education," says Dr. 
Patricia Duncan, his colleague and friend. Sporting a handsome goatee that made him look like a taller, thinner Wizard of 
Oz, Swyers was a presence at VCU from 1969 until he retired in 1988. He died February 17 during surgery at Medical College 
of Virginia Hospitals. He had served in the Army Air Forces in World War 11. 

Swyers held degrees in music education and social studies. He taught middle school education at \'C\J and chaired ele- 
mentary education for a time. "He pioneered individualized instruction and programmed learning," saw Duncan. During 
the 1970s, he directed a teacher corps program, a federally funded collaboration bet^veen VCU and \'irginia State University. 
"His advocacy for students was a hallmark of his career," Duncan adds. "He will be fondly remembered." 

The wizard was something of a Pied Piper as weU. Swyers was a big-band director who played sax, clarinet and fiddle. .\t 
77, he still enjoyed ballroom dancing and painting. 


Dr. Stanley Baker, retired VCU professor, on September 18, 1996 at 61. Baker was only the 
second African -American professor at VCU's School of Education when he was hired in 1973 — at a time when public 
schools across Virginia were still adjusting to integration. Baker made sure that an African-American perspective was 
included in the university's teacher training program, says Dr. lohn Oehler, dean of education. "1 know there are many 
teachers throughout the area who reached a richer understanding of all children after studWng under him." 

Baker was one of the first to use books by black and Hispanic authors in his children's literature courses. When he 
retired, friends and colleagues formed the Stanley Baker Fund for Children's and Young Adult Literature to add new kicks 
to the collection. You may send contributions to Director of Cabell Library Development; P.O. Bo.\ 842033; Richmond, \'.\ 

''Langston Hughes 


standing criminal justice graduate 
student for 1995-96, by the 
Soutiiern Criminal Justice 
Association. James lives in 
Staunton, VA. 

Sylvester Williams '90BS/B 
married Simone Andrews on 
November 30, 1996. Sylvester 
works at First Union in Charlotte, 
NC, where the couple lives. 

Eric Wilson '94BFA is the 
owner of Go Interactive 
Multimedia in Richmond, where 
he also lives. 

Tammy WUson '90BS/H&S 
married Robert Hicks in 
November 1996. She works for 
the Virginia Employment 
Commission. The couple lives in 

Angela Winston '94BS/H&S 
married Eric Thompson on 
October 26, 1996. The couple 
lives in Richmond. 

Tammy Wise '93BS/H&S 
graduated from Officer Candidate 
School at Fort Benning, GA and 
was commissioned as a second 
lieutenant in the U.S. Army. 

married Richard Arnold on June 
22, 1996. Tina works for Bedford 
County Schools. The couple lives 
in Bedford, VA. 

Mamudu Yakubu '93PhD/ 
H&S is an assistant professor at 
Elizabeth City State University, in 
Elizabeth City, NC. 

*Tracie Adeste '92BS/E and 
Leonard Short planned an April 5 
wedding. Tracie is a sixth grade 
teacher at Thornburg Middle 
School in Spotsylvania, VA. 


Margaret Nelson MSW July 
14, 1995. 

Rubye Whichard on June 5, 
1996, in Colonial Heights, VA. 
Rubye was a graduate of RPI. 

1 930s 

Rita Caplan Collins 
'36BS/H&S December 28, 1996. 

Norman Rowe March 1997 of 
cancer. Norman was an Eagle 
Scout. He attended Drexel 
Institute and RPI. He started out 
as a Richmond Times-Dispatch 
carrier and ended up as a writer 
for more than 40 years. He was 
inspired by novelist Ellen Glasgow 
who was on his delivery route. 
His column, "Look and Listen 
With Rowe," focused on jazz and 
swing music. Readers also focused 
on the coOection of hats he wore 
in the photo with his column. 

1 940s 

Amanda Forbes '41BFA 

October 29, 1996. 

James Horan '49BS/E 

October 28, 1996 of complica- 
tions from Alzheimer's disease. 
James was former treasurer and 
director of national Distributive 
Education Clubs of America 

Joy Post '49BS/H&S Novem- 
ber 10, 1995, in Homer, AK. 

Harriet WeUford '45BSW 
February 18, 1996. 

1 950s 

Christine Cunningham 

'54MSW November 1, 1994. 

Donald Norris '59BFA March 
23, 1996, in New York City. 


Mary Virginia Marks, former head of distrib- 
utive education in RPI's School of Business, 
died March 1 1 in a Richmond nursing home. 
Marks — a native of Newark, New Jersey — 
was very active on the home front during 
World War II. She was the supervisor of 
Women's Activities and Civilian 
Mobilization for the Virginia Office of 
Civilian Defense. She was also an informa- 
tion specialist in the Women's Interests 
Section of the War Department. 

Marks received a degree in French and 
training in distributive education. "Mary brought a new level of scholarly 
class to our program with her degree from Sweetbriar and diploma fi-om 
the Sorbonne in France," said Vivien King Ely. In 1961, Marks left to join 
the federal education department to develop teacher preparation and 

John Phillips '58MHA 

October 5, 1996. 

Robert Brooks Traweek 

'52BS/BMarch2, 1997,at73, 
after a yearlong bout with cancer 
and lung and kidney problems. As 
director of licensure for the 
Virginia Department of Mental 
Health, Traweek wrote the initial 
licensure regulations for state 
mental heahh facilities. He was 
also executive director of the 
Virginia Association for Retarded 

The energetic Traweek was 
known as "a committee of one" 
who got things done. The 
National Park Service honored 
him for his work in historic 

Robert VanClef 5 IBS/E 
December 20, 1995. 

1 960s 

Randolph Goode '67BS/MC 

March 30, 1996. Randolph 
covered federal courts and 
agencies for Richmond 
Newspapers Inc. since 1982. 

Betsy Latham Green '61BS/E 
December 11, 1995. 

Delora Harris '69BS/E at age 
68 in Blacksburg, VA. 

Floyd Holt '60MSW October 
1995, inBurnsville, NC. 

Wilbert Keys '62BFA August 
25, 1996, after comphcations with 
cancer. Wilbert was best known 
for his work in acting and direct- 
ing on stage. 

Ronald Rose '66BFA 
'68MFA/A of cancer on 
December 31, 1995. 

James Thompson Jr. '67BSW 
March 23, 1996 of pancreatic 

1 970s 

Majorie Bendl '75BS/MC at 
age 44 on lanuaiy 19, 1996. 

Donald Bennett 73BS 

Irene Drewer '73BS '77MBA 
October 31, 1995 in Wilmington, 

Richard Edwards '77MBA 
January 3, 1995. 

Stephen Farrar Iir70BS/B 
November 20, 1995. 

David Griffith '72BS/MC 
Januarys, 1997. 

Dennis Henderson 
'79BS/H&S October 10, 1996. 
Dennis was active in Richmond 
area theaters as a performer and 
music director. 

Alex Hallberg '78MBA March 
13, 1996, in a skiing accident in 
West Virginia. 

Benjamin Hyman 
'74BA/H&S February 14, 1996. 

Sara Markham '77BFA 
March 6, 1996, in her home in 
Richmond. Sara was the founder 
and first president of the 
Richmond Children's Museum. 

L. Renee Mattern '76BA/H8cS 
December 29, 1995, in Richmond. 

Vern Meyer '70BS/H&S in a 
car accident on April 22, 1996. 

Cari Pigeon '78BS/B August 

25, 1996. 

Richard Quemere '70BS/E 
April 19, 1996. 

Linda Farrish Timberlake 
'73BS/E was owner of the Red 
House Antique Shop in Staunton, 

Douglas Trumbo '74BS/H&S 
NovenberS, 1996. 

Betty Williams '73MEd July 
19, 1996, after a long illness. Betty 
had worked in the Richmond 
Public Schools since 1967. 

1 980s 

Dorothy Davis '79BFA 

October 5, 1995. 

Lee Goldstein '84MS/AH May 

26, 1996, in Somers Point, NJ. 
Rebecca Mines '83BS/E 

August 17, 1994. 

Peter Lauzonis '86BS/H&S 
April 4, 1996, of a heart attack in 
New Jersey. 

Hannah Lembke '84BS/H&S 
Semptember 18, 1995, in 
Charlottesville, VA. 

Daniel Letcher '81BS/H8cS. 

James Robinson '83C/B on 
September 7, 1994, in Richmond. 

1 990s 

James Giles '92BFA October 
6, 1996. 

Cynthia Johnson '91BS/B 

August 30, 1996. 

Friends of VCU 

Ray Hummel Jr. October 14, 
1996. Ray was a retired assistant 
librarian of the Virginia State 
Library, and former president of 
the Virginia Library Association. 

We regret that the information we 
receive is not always complete. 

research programs. She retired in 1984. 



Key To Abbreviations 

Aluiiiiii arc idcjUilk-il by year 
degree/school ( dcpartmcn t ) 


A Arts 

AH Allied Health Professions 

B Business 

D Dentistry 

E Education 

En Engineering 

H&S Humanities and Sciences 

M-BH School of Medicine in 

Basic Health Sciences 

MC Mass (Communications 

N Nursing 

NTS Nontraditional 

Studies/Community and 

International Programs 

P Pharmacy 

SW Social Work 

Other abbreviations 

AS Associate's Degree 

C Certificate 

BGS Bachelor of General Studies 

BFA, MFA Bachelor, Master of 

Fine Art 

BM, MM, ME Bachelor, Master of 

Music, Master of Music 


BSW, MSW Bachelor, Master of 

Social Work 

DPHA, PharmD, Doctor of 


HS House Staff 

MACC Master of Accountancy 

MAE Master of Art Education 

MBA Master of Business 


MEd Master of Education 

MIS Master of Interdisciplinary 


MHA Master of Health 


MPA, DPA Master, Doctor of 

Public Administration 

MURP Master of Urban and 

Regional Planning 

TE Five-year Teacher Education 

program includes BS or BA/H&S 

and MEd/E 

PhD Doctor of Philosophy 

]\\m M 

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